If you remember 2011 was a hot, sunny vintage that saw rich ripe reds and luscious whites. We opened Mathieu Vallée’s Saumur Blanc last night. It’s a long time since we had so many different words to describe a wine. Ripe and rich with flavours of plum skin and pain d’epices, grapefruit, ginger and whisky. Notes of flowers and preserved lemon and more than a hint of tarte tatin! It was way too big a wine for the dinner Nigel had prepared and so after a glass we put it aside and will enjoy the rest on its own tomorrow.
What are we drinking this week? Chateau Yvonne Saumur Blanc 2011
If you liked this then you may like these…
What’s going on in the Loire valley vineyards in September?
Picking in the Loire is still in full swing as we approach the end of September.30 Sep, 2019
News from the Loire – Combier visites gourmandes 26 May 2018
So what is a visite gourmande you might ask? Well, a visit with lovely nibbly bits to accompany the liqueurs and wonderful products that our local Saumur distillery produces.24 Apr, 2018
Life in the Loire on lock-down. 3rd May. Day fifty.
Wow day fifty. That sounds like a long time. Counting down now to May 11th when the lock-down is eased (hopefully). Lots to get on with today.4 May, 2020
Cuvée de L’Artiste 2018 Chateau de Montdomaine
This 2018 Malbec (here called Côt) is a great example of the sunny vintage. It’s just packed with ripe bramble fruit and has lovely freshness.18 Jan, 2020
What is duty when it comes to wine?
Duty is the tax that we pay on wine and can often account for a large proportion of the shelf price. It literally means ‘what is due’.20 Jan, 2020
Recipes from Le Tasting Room’s kitchen – super easy chicken marinade
For a really easy dinner try this really simple marinade. It works well on chicken thighs or breasts and is healthy and quick to prepare.11 Aug, 2018
Latest from Twitter
- @wineschools @SusieBarrie The problem is with sourdough is that it gets you. Just when you think you've got it tape… https://t.co/MnMBQCYh3G about 9 hours ago from Twitter Web App in reply to wineschools
- Life in the Loire after lock-down. 3rd June. Day 24 of déconfinement. Woodpeckers at large, spicy beef with Le Bret… https://t.co/lQ8h1hvgA3 about 9 hours ago from Twitter Web App
- Life in the Loire after lock-down. 2nd June. Day 23 of deconfinement. Phase 2 of déconfinement, restaurants open an… https://t.co/Xa1OsSXI45 3rd Jun from Twitter Web App