Snap with @AnaGramWords! on the Crémant!
We cracked opened a bottle of it to celebrate the 19-year-old’s health today. Her actual birthday was on Tuesday, but why not have a birthday week if you can, especially if the sun is shining:
Crémant d’Alsace Brut Prestige, Domaine Paul Ginglinger 2019
Absolutely love this Crémant, with its fresh notes of orchard fruit, shortbread biscuit creaminess and citrus zest. It disappeared all too quickly…!
And this Cab Franc, was heavenly with a rack of Dorset lamb, roast new potatoes and Cavalho Nero:
Gabriëlskloof Landscape Series Cabernet France, Bot River, South Africa 2017
What a wine! We were both awestruck by this beautiful example of a grape we love.
Everything about it was just beautiful – the colour, which was bold violet, with garnet on the rim; the nose, which was particularly enticing, with notes of violets, bramble conserve and plums, as well as herbaceous notes, pencil shavings, damp earth and sandalwood smoke; and the palate which was rich with fruit (plums, bramble, dark cherries), but also balanced with a tang of rosehip syrup, savouriness and spice (liquorice), and slightly sweet/sour balsamic notes. Tannins and acidity seemed in perfect balance – this will age longer, for sure, but is just beautiful right here right now.
Classy, generous but still Cab Franc for all that – I must get my paws on some more!