Bubbles and Graves
The Easter long weekend brings with it a certain amount of restraint, and a certain amount of excess. Our Easter lunch on Sunday was certainly the latter, but good wines made it much easier for my body to handle the continuing courses of great food. The food pairings were a Creamy Avocado dip, and Oysters for the first course, and an amazing fillet of beef with roast vegetables and Yorkshire puddings for the main course.
Duperrey Brut Rosé NV, around $40
Really warm red colour to this wine, and the aroma makes me think it might have a fair amount of exposure to finished wine. Brimming with raspberry and strawberry aromas, and a tangible smoothness to the fragrance. In the mouth, the fragrance continues to expand, filling out the strawberry and raspberry notes with what feels like a smooth milk chocolate texture. Fine acid balance here and perfect with both pre-main meals. Recommended for whenever the sun shines, or whenever you wish to provide an interesting point of difference at a dinner party. Certainly a wine worth respecting.
Chateau Laroche-Jaubert Graves 2009, around $25
50-50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Good quality cork, all things well in that department. Fine, pricy-looking label. It’s what’s inside that counts. Opens with a smooth, refined aroma of red and black berries, some berry skin sensation, and a gravelly warmth that comes from the appellation’s name, meaning ‘gravelly terrain’. In the mouth, the wine is again smooth, refined, completely integrated and a pleasure to take in the tannin-acid balance, the oak a bedrock for the consistency of the finish. A bargain from a top vintage.
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