The weather is continuing in its indecisiveness - it really wants to be spring, but perhaps not that much. Still, whenever the sun does show its face - we quickly run in the garden and go ahhhhhhh
Wines are much more decisive by comparison - decisively wonderful, that is.
Wednesday, this aperitif (finished today) scratched the itch very nicely:
Tesco Finest 1531 Blanquette De Limoux Brut
Lovely fresh apples, with a certain lemon biscuit note and delicate white blossom. Quaffable, and very good vfm too.
This Tavel was superb, and worked beautifully with a baked trout marinated in spices and coconut cream powder:
Domaine La Lôyane Tavel 2021
The cépage on the Butlers website is a little different to the producers own site, so I’ll go with the producer… a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Clairette Rose and 20% Cinsault, this was wonderful from the colour, to the nose to the palate. A mix of raspberries, peach skin, watermelon and peony, there was a certain herby note there too and a twist of spice.
Similar notes on the palate - ripe watermelon (memories of Fridays on the beach with my late dad and sister came floating in), raspberries and strawberries married to Allspice and dried Med herbs. Lovely texture, balanced acidity and a spicy finish… a serious rosé!
This evening, there’s venison steaks in red wine and juniper jus and roasted leeks on the menu, so I opened this Swiss delight:
Jean-René Germanier Humagne Rouge, Valais 2019
Bought from Vida Wines (sadly before the sale!!), this is bottle 1 of 2. And what a delicious, supple and inviting wine this is!
The varietal is also known as Cornalin d’Aosta - though I’m still not clear if it’s the same varietal as the Cornalin they produce in the Valais or its own thing… websites can’t seem to agree whether it originated in the Val d’Aosta or the Valais, a late ripening variety or not… but frankly my dears, I don’t give a damn! This is just super and a red completely after my own heart.
Nose has notes of spiced plums, elderberry syrup and blackberry jam as well as a sort of leafy note reminiscent of Cab Franc, a damp forest floor and juniper berries whiff. On the palate it is smooth but with vibrant fruit (plums, blackberries, elderberries) married to a more earthy, savoury and spicy sort of profile. It’s so drinkable but also really interesting - a certain leatheriness appeared there too, as well as smokiness. And we’re only on first glass!
Is it worth £29…? Probably not, but I really don’t mind because I love this producer, and just being able to drink Swiss wines made of original, indigenous grapes feels a treat…
Ah, look - the sun is out again!