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Dale Williams

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WTN: Excellent Loire Red

by Dale Williams » Wed Sep 27, 2006 11:48 am

Last night Betsy made the Zuni Cafe roast chicken with bread salad (my all-time favorite roast chicken recipe). I went to cellar for Pinot Noir, but wandered back up with a bottle of 2005 Filliatreau "La Grande Vignolle" Saumur-Champigny. I had liked but not loved previous versions of this, but a rave by Gilman had convinced me to buy a few. I'm very glad I did. A little tannic initially for the bird, but beautiful raspberry and black cherry fruit, a clear mineral core, and good finish. I served a little too cool (I tossed in fridge for a few minutes), but as it warmed the fruit burst forth and the tannins retreated a bit. Great acidic balance. I nursed a glass for an hour or more, some tobacco and light mocha notes emerges. This could use some time for the tannins to integrate, btu pretty now with air. I immediately ordered a few more ($14 at Wine Library). A-/B+


Grade disclaimer: I'm a very easy grader, basically A is an excellent wine, B a good wine, C mediocre. Anything below C means I wouldn't drink at a party where it was only choice. Furthermore, I offer no promises of objectivity, accuracy, and certainly not of consistency.
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Re: WTN: Excellent Loire Red

by Bill Buitenhuys » Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:28 pm

I've only had the '05 regular Saumur (not La Grande Vignolle) from Filliatreau and it was quite yummy as well albeit a bit softer in both tannic and acid than you found in this one. Yet another great LDM qpr.

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