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Thierry Puzelat, Cheverny Rouge, 2005

June 28, 2008
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~$15US, Gamay / Pinot Noir Blend, Cheverny, Loire Valley, France

Cheverny is one of the many unheralded appellations within the Loire Valley a.k.a. The Garden of France. By appellation law both red and white  wines must be blends – so the actual mix is here unknown, but Gamay Noir and Pino Noir are both in play – predominately Gamay.

After popping there was definitely some barnyard funk and a rustic edge, so I decided to decant to let things blow off. After about an hour, aromas were much more harmonious; obvious cherries and something like the smell of the forest right after a rain…damp and earthy. Home-grown, understated, but over-achieving, like a back-woods guitar prodigy that can play like the devil, but doesn’t realize it’s anything special.

A great food partner with medium-bodied cuisine – nothing too exotic and bold, and nothing too delicate. Grilled pork, salmon, simple pastas, and goat cheeses all would make easy friends.

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  1. September 18, 2008 11:41 pm

    I’ve been to France a few times and love it but haven’t had a holiday in the Loire Valley yet. That is my next destination. I appreciate the tips you’ve given on your site. 🙂 I want to get some of this delicious wine .

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