Thursday, February 16, 2006


Had a great dinner this evening together with my significant other in a small French-oriented restaurant with a rather complete wine list called Aal. Together with a salmon and scalops we drank a typical white wine from the south-west of France called CÔTÉ TARIQUET white 2004, Vin de Pays des Côtes de Gascogne. A blend of Sauvignon and Chardonnay grapes. The Grassa family owns a superb Château built in the 17th century and situated in the heart of the South West region. They have been selected as one of the «500 best winemakers of the year». The Côté Tariquet 2004 is typically the kind of white wine we like: explosive on the nose with floral aromas, the mouth is extremely fresh and the finale explodes in grapefruit and white pepper flavours…
Instead of dessert I had a nice red wine from the Cillean Central Valley composed of the well known Cabernet-Sauvignon grapes (30%), blended with the rather unknown Carmenère grape (70%). The wine comes from the Errazuriz Estate. Efforts were undertaken to give the blend this time a stronger presence of the Carmenère which clearly comes forward in the oriental spice aromas on the entry. These fuse on the mid-palate into a perfect combination with Cabernet characteristic pomegranate, strawberry jam, blackberry and cassis notes. The mouth features an excellent balance with good acidity and alcohol structure, making the wine slightly sweet. The wine has a deep violet red colour with ruby red tones on the edges. The predominant spicy taste of the blend makes this Carmenère/Cabernet Sauvignon the perfect companion to Asian food, and dishes with curry and ginger. It pairs also well with spicy meats or meat served in sauces.

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