Saturday, 17 February 2018
2015 Baronnie Madeleine, Chinon from Couly-Dutheil
Couly-Dutheil only released the Baronnie Madeleine cuvée in good vintages. 2015 is certainly on of them. Baronnie Madeleine comes from selected parcels on the clay limestone slopes or the plateau above these slopes. The 2015 has attractive concentration and plenty of soft black fruit. Very enjoyable to drink now it lacks, for the moment (?), an extra dimension. On the other hand it is noticeable that the tannin management is greatly improved over the last decade. Gone are the dry, harsh tannins that marred their wines in the first decade following the millennium.
Friday, 16 February 2018
2015 Château de l'Aulnaye, Muscadet Sèvre et Maine,
Château Thébaud, Famille Lieubeau
This very fine rich and concentrated Muscadet spends three years on its lees. It is the style of cru communaux, although Château Thébaud has yet to be formally recognised the French government rather to the understandable frustration of those eligible to benefit from the new appellation.
This style of Muscadet is far removed from the fresh citric version that goes so well with shellfish. We drank the 2015 Château de l'Aulnaye with salmon with butter and lemon in a parcel – a fine match. This Muscadet also worked well with some mature Montgomery cheddar.
The Lieubeaus are important growers in Château Thébaud.
Thursday, 15 February 2018
A number of Loire wines arrived today at my bolthole in Scotland's Cairngorms. I look forward to tasting and commenting on them here on Jim's Loire. Good that the generosity of Loire producers is helping to keep my tasting fitness!