Chateau Lousteauneuf Cru Bourgeois 2000 Medoc Bordeaux France
The 2000 vintage in Bordeaux was heralded as the best year in at least a decade and perhaps the best in a generation. This estate has only been producing wine since 1993 and has just started to receive recognition outside of Europe. In the glass it is garnet in color, with an aroma of raspberries, vanilla and roasted almonds. On the palette this wine is full bodied with moderate acidity, great depth, and persistence; the finish just hangs on and on. Winemaker Bruno Segond recommends decanting the wine for at least two hours before consumption, and after trying the wine, we agree. Try this wine with lamb, Beef Wellington or roast duck
Domaine Mas du Bouquet Vacqueyras 2001 Rhone France
Vacqueyras is a region in the Southern Rhone Valley that has prided itself on wines of rustic style and sturdy temperament. This wine has a little more polish and grace, with aromas of wild brush balanced by flavors of blueberry and white pepper. It presents itself as very flexible with food, but would probably be best enjoyed with roast red meats as well as simple fare like pizza.
Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut 1999 FranceLimoux has bragging rights in the controversy over the invention sparkling wine, predating champagne by decades, but lacks the prestige and therefore the price of its more noted northern cousin. Produced in the “Methode Traditionalle,” principally from the grape Mauzac, this wine is dry, clean and fresh in style with small bubbles and a pale straw color in the glass. All too often wine drinkers forget that sparking wine is just that, wine, and fail to try a sparkler with a meal. Relegating them to just celebratory sips sells them short. They often pair well with any sort of appetizer, and in my opinion make the perfect choice for lightly buttered popcorn, (Trust me on this one).