Category Archives: French Wines

Wine Review: Le Douleur Exquise 2016

This wine from the region of Bergerac, France was pretty stellar I have to say. Taking it on the back of another, full bodied red from Australia showed that it had power behind it, without being overwhelming.

Oh, this was a selection sent from FirstLeaf.

The wine was almost a combination between straw and gold, with a beautiful bouquet of rich limestone, slight hints of grapefruit and of course, the typical heat from wine.

Very strong mineral notes. Upon taking the first sip, limestone and grapefruit hit my tongue along with those mineral notes I’d mentioned. Very tasty.  This wine is fairly supple and feels good in the mouth with enough weight that it could be a summer sipper or pair well with fish in the fall.

The breakdown:

60% Sauvignon Blanc
30% Semillon (surprised I didn’t get any herbaceous notes)
10% Muscadelle

A fantastic wine overall.

 

Wine Review: Saint Hilaire 2014 Blanquette De Limoux

Over the holidays I had a chance to get around to drinking without working, and smoking cigars without working, but one of the things I did make sure to take notes on was the bottle of Saint Hilaire 2014 Blanquette De Limoux.

The pertinent details:

Region/Appellation
Blanquette de Limoux
Country Hierarchy
Languedoc-Roussillon,France
Vintage 2014
Grape Blend:  Mauzac, chardonnay and chenin blanc – an unusual combination for my palate but I’ll leave my impressions in a moment.

Of course, the Methode Traditionale technique was used and the wine was fermented in the bottle.

Tasting notes had this wine as very crisp, with  refreshing tiny bubbles and that slight terroir taste I enjoy about French wine so much.  The finish was medium with not really any buttery or creamy notes, though I tasted slight hints of oak.   That may have been the cigar, though.  Citrus and apple really complimented things as the wine opened up.

Saint Hilaire Blanquette De Limoux 2014 Estate Bottle
Saint Hilaire Blanquette De Limoux 2014 Estate Bottle

A BRIEF HISTORY

Blanquette de Limoux is probably the oldest sparkling wine in the world. We know that in 1531, the Benedictine Monks of the Abbey of Saint-Hilaire were already producing Blanquette de Limoux which certainly makes it France’s Oldest Sparkling Wine preceding Champagne by more than a century.

By 1794 Blanquette de Limoux was well known and appreciated throughout France. About that time, it was discovered by a famous American, Thomas Jefferson.

Among his other talents, the third American President was an expert on French Wines and Blanquette de Limoux, one of his favorites, was an integral part of his wine cellar. In fact, President Jefferson was probably the first person to bring the wine to America.

Today, Blanquette de Limoux has won the acclaim of knowledgeable wine enthusiasts throughout the world.