Notes From The Jenny & Francois Annual Tasting 2018….Part I

Here are the brief notes I promised from my previous post. The list below are my personal favorites from the whole lot. It is terribly unfair and difficult to judge a natural wine out of context(not with food or good company), so don’t blame me if you disagree. If it were possible, I would take each bottle home, call a few close friends, cook a delicious meal and see what happens to the wine over the course of an evening……. That is not realistic or possible, so I embraced the moment and went with the flow. A many thanks to Jenny and Francois for a wonderful tasting of natural French wines. I am humbled by your passion.

NV Cousin-Leduc Saumur Brut 100%(Biodynamic)– Salty. Mineral. Acidity stings the palate like electricity. Oysters would be nice.
2006 Domaine de La Senechaliere Muscadet Vielles Vignes(Organic)– Less minerality on the nose, more green herbs(mint, fennel) and a lovely natural yeast quality . Ample weight on the palate and a great crescendo on the finish. Long.
2004 Domaine GuillotBroux Macon- Villages(Organic)– Golden hue. Nicely developed nose. It’s warm, rich and inviting; reminds me of autumn. The Deep, creamy texture on the palate screams for a plate of sauteed scallops drizzled with beurre blanc and fresh thyme. Don’t hold too long….. in a very beautiful, mature spot.
2007 Estezargues Cotes du Rhone Blanc ” From The Tank”(3 Liter Box)-We need to embrace quality boxed wine more. When I worked the 2007 harvest in France, we drank delicious Minervois Rouge from the Tank every day!!!–it’s easy to pour, feeds a lot of folks, and is good for the environment. Why not!?!? The CDR Blanc from Estezargues is a quintessential bistro white. Subtle, vinous, thirst quenching and so-so easy to drink. Imbibe ice cold with a salty jambon beurre sandwich. Hey, I want a Tank of Cotes du Rhone Blanc for my fridge.
2005 Domaine Binner Saveurs Printanieres(Organic)Field blend of Riesling,Muscat,Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer. A very expressive nose of spices and flowers. Vinous, bright, yeasty, and nicely defined on the palate. Imagine this: It’s winter, you’re in a restaurant sitting at a table near a warm, crackling fire. Across from you is someone special;their beauty is striking,you feel nothing but utter content. The waiter comes over and brings you the menu;listed under entree is a sauteed rosemary bone-in pork chop. Sounds delicious and savory. Though surprisingly,something is missing or incomplete………It’s the 2005 Domaine Binner Saveurs Printanieres.
2006 Domaine Binner Pinot Noir(Organic)Oh the color in the glass. It expresses the beauty of man and nature working together, with love and respect. Such a charming, pale ruby red which would inspire Robert Parker to pour it down the toilet…. I feel bad for him. The nose is generous; replete with delicate, feminine Pinot fruit. Light as a feather on the palate. Terribly fun and easy to drink. I may replace this with water in my home.
2006 Cousin-Leduc Pur Breton(Cabernet Franc & Biodynamic)Great effort here…… Francois Rabelais would love this wine. Concentrated yet buoyant, inky, and masculine. Lots of meaty fruit and schisty minerals to chew on . Decant for a long while. This wine is so undeniably French; a wonderful, true representation of Anjou Breton. I Love it. At the table, this burly, earthy Breton needs a hunk of braised meat to tame its savage nature. I want to love everything Cousin touches. His passion, energy and determination to make hyper natural, traditional wine is inspiring. Actually, it gives me the chills.
******Shoot, the pup is sitting at the door with a face so adorable and sweet that I cannot refuse his request for some quality time outside with Dad(me). Five more wines to discuss in the next post. Tonight? Doubtful. Tomorrow? Likely.
Jaime Brockway Warning: Drinking Less Than One Bottle of Loire Wine Per Week Is Detrimental To Your Health. Approved By Francois Rabelais.