Wine Review – 2006 Domaine de Montrieux Pineau D’Aunis “Le Verre des Poetes”, Loire Valley, France

VerresDesPoettesFrontWinery: Domaine de Montrieux, Emile Heredia

Bottling: 2006 Pineau d’Aunis “Le Verre des Poetes”

Importer: Metropolis Wine Merchants

Region: France

Sub-Region: Loire Valley

Estimated Retail Price: $20

Purchase Details: Purchased for around $20 from Arlequin Wine Merchant in Hayes Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, California.

Tasting Notes: In the glass, crimson and violet hues.  Not too much of a perceptible aroma or nose.  I get a little bit of plum, blueberry and an aroma that’s almost synthetic in nature.  In the mouth, the wine is not very expressive as far as fruit flavors go.  It’s a little more mineral and dirt driven.

The intriguing thing about this wine are the flavors I’m getting on the very impressionable finish.  Its a very floral, and again, very synthetic in nature flavor that reminds me of some sort of chemical.  Some minty, herbal flavors are also present.  The wine is very dry and has a very firm and austere mouth-feel.

The wine was a lot more drinkable on the second day and still had a very fresh flavor to it as if it had only been opened a few hours before.

Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I hate to say this, but this is definitely a food wine.  I know its sort of a cop out by me, describing it this way, but I really think that’s the best way to enjoy this wine.  Earthy foods and game meats would fare well here.

VerresDesPoettesBackWinery & Other Background Information: Another blogger, Deb Harkness describes this wine a lot better than I can, and really hits the nail on the head when she articulates it like this:

Pineau d’Aunis is at its best–like many wines–with food. This is not really a stand-alone wine unless you are wanting to come to terms with it on an intellectual level. This is only going to work with food, and then think about something earthy like mushrooms, truffles, beans, and charcuterie.

The grape is native to the Loire Valley and is often used to make sparkling wines.  I’d love to try one to see how the flavors from the dry red wine translate into the sparkling version.  Its not often you see a grape like this, so if you’re the type with an adventurous palate, then you should surely try it if you ever see it on a shelf or on a wine list.

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