This wine is (as it says on the label), L’alliance des générations – a wine made by 2 generations of the Merieau family. Jean-François, his sister Patricia and their father Jacky. A blend of 80% Cabernet Franc and 20% Malbec (here known locally as Côt), the wine is aged for 18 months in oak fûts and then given a substantial period of ageing in the cellar before being released on to the market. We enjoyed a magnum of 2005 last night which went extremely well with an all in one dish of chicken thighs roasted with red peppers, chorizo, black olives, baby new potatoes, shallots, garlic and orange.
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Happy New Year 2014
At the end of the day wine is something to be shared and enjoyed. A carafe of wine with no visible origin served on the terrace of our local café overlooking the Loire, a bottle of Crémant with friends before a relaxed dinner in the kitchen, a sample of the new vintage taken from tank with the winemaker, a cherished bottle from the cellar. It’s all about enjoyment, discussion, pleasure and sharing.2 Jan, 2014
Dinner with friends
Took the opportunity last night to open a few interesting bottles with good friends who came over for dinner. Here’s what we enjoyed:20 Oct, 2013
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The whole day was fabulous … had a great time and came away much better informed about the region and its wines.
It was like hanging out with two friends who just happened to know a lot about wine.