Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Wines of the Week - December 1st

This week we look at three French wines that recently featured on Wine Spectator's Top 100 list, a Gewurztraminer from Alsace, and two Beaujolais

Georges Duboeuf Jean Descombes Morgon 2009

It's easy to like a wine that offers this much charm for only $15. If nothing else, it provides a great entry into Burgundy for those deterred by the complexities of the Burgundian system and cost of the Pinot Noir wines. This wine, made from Gamay, is lighter and fruitier, but with some spice and minerality to give it interest infrequently found at this price point. Morgon wines are typically deeper coloured and richer than other wines from the region. Put down those New World Pinots and try this.
Vincent Girardin Moulin a Vent Domaine de la Tour du Bief Clos de la Tour 2009

Like Morgon, Moulin-a-Vent is one of the ten Beaujolais Cru, representing the best and most distinctive sites in Beaujolais. This village is known for the manganese in the soil here, which can reduce yields, resulting in powerful Gamay wines. Vincent Girardin is a well known Burgundy negociant which has expanded into Beaujolais, to good effect. Although this wine is enjoyable now, a few years in the bottle should see it develop further complexity.

Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer 2009

Zind Humbrecht is one of my favourite producers, but when I pull a cork it tends to be for one of the luscious dessert wines, as I did three weeks ago. However, this is a timely reminder that in wines significantly cheaper and drier than Grand Cru SGNs, Zind Humbrecht still deliver. This wine has plenty of acidity, typical Gewurztraminer spicy characters, with pepper, burnt orange and tropical fruits, making a robust wine that would pair well with Asian food.

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