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A Bordeaux clairet wine

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Clairet is a wine that is dark pink in style, and may be described as a full bodied and deep coloured type of rosé. It is considered a specialty of the Bordeaux region and is thought to have originated in Quinsac in Premieres Côtes de Bordeaux. Similar to the light wine of the Middle Ages that was exported to England, also called “vinum clarum” and “vin clar” or “bin clar”, the name is the source of the English term “claret“, although that term does not refer to a clairet but to a red wine.

The wine is bottled under the AOC of Bordeaux clairet.

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Someone’s enjoying their red wine already!

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Hey great news for all you drinkers of red wine out there. Drinking red wine helps you burn off fat and could improve conditions such as fatty liver disease say scientists. A glass of red wine could help those who are overweight better manage their health, especially metabolic disorders. Researchers found that a chemical in red wine called ellagic acid slowed the growth of existing fat cells and formation of new ones, and boosted metabolism of fatty acids in liver cells. That sounds like great news for the Mahjong Horticultural Society who happen to enjoy a tipple whilst partaking in the game especially if it happens to be at a certain establishment in deepest Loire where the host has rather a fine cellar of Bordeaux wines. Hiccup.

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Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri

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No 86 in our list of cocktail recipes:

FROZEN STRAWBERRY DAIQUIRI

So for two lovelies

11/2 measures rum

1/2 measure Combier strawberry liqueur

juice of half a lime

7 strawberries

crushed ice

2 maraschino cherries

Blend rum, liqueur, lime juice, and 3 strawberries with plenty of ice in a blender. until almost frozen. Pour unstrained into two large goblets. Garnish with 2 remaining strawberries and cherry in each goblet. Serve with short thick straw. Down the hatch.

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Domaine des Trottiéres

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My tasting this week is another Anjou AOP rouge I found in the wine fair in Angers which has won a gold medal this year. Domaine des Trottiéres. The estate was founded in 1890 and has a vineyard of 108 hectares, fully classified AOP, and they produce a full range of wines which are Anjou Blanc (Dry White), Coteaux du Layon (Sweet White) Bonnezeaux (Sweet White), Crémant de Loire (Sparkling), Rosé de Loire (Dry Rosé), Rosé d’Anjou (Medium Rosé), Cabernet d’Anjou (medium Rosé), Anjou Rouge (Light Red) and Anjou-Villages (Medium to full Red). The property has been in  the Lamotte family since 1985. It has a long history  and was long operated by the Gourdon family and planted mainly varietal Chenin blanc, before the arrival of phylloxera which in the late nineteenth century  destroyed virtually all Europeans vineyards. The bulk of its production was devoted to white wines. The renovation of the vineyard, made mandatory by planting grafted plants was an opportunity for diversification of the grape varieties.  Gamay, Grolleau, Pineau d’Aunis are used for the rosé wines (Rose de Loire Rosé (dry) and Rosé d’Anjou (medium). More recently, the focus has been on Cabernet vines. The estate installed a modern wine room in 1990 with stainless steel vats and pneumatic presses.

The wine I tasted is an Anjou rouge made from the majority of cabernet franc grapes and with some cabernet sauvignon added. This gives the wine a deeper taste with a little spicy backend. It has a deep ruby ​​colour. The notes are of fine red fruit evolving towards complex aromas of black fruits. On the palate it’s fresh and vibrant with fine tannins being smooth and silky with a slightly smoky note. You need to serve the wine slightly chilled 14-16 ° C to being out that fruity flavour of delicate red fruits. Now what do you drink it with? A starter of cured meats such as ham, paté and duck rillettes. A good robust beef or veal stew, grilled chicken, omelettes with mushrooms, spaghetti Bolognese. Perhaps a cheese such as Neufchatel , or even desserts like pears in red wine or apples stewed in spices. It’s such a versatile wine.

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We still have our New Year wine sale on at gfwine.co.uk so why not bag a bargain with some great mixed case deals. You can save up to £68 on a case of 12 bottles. Our wines come from France and most are top quality AOP wines so don’t delay.

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Biodynamic calendar 2015

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This lunchtime I opened a bottle of 2009 Cabernet de Saumur thinking its a little past it for a pink wine but hey presto it was a fruit day and the wine was delicious. Wonderful. You see it really works. Anyway this week starts with two days of root on Monday and Tuesday so no good for a decent bottle of wine. Never fear Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are all Flower days so what to open you may ask. Why not try a bottle of Muscadet sur lie from Domaine de la Haute-Vrignais. A good wine maker. Its a cert with seafood and fish and also Asian foods. Go on have a go. Saturday is a leaf as is Sunday until 3.30pm but thereafter its a fruit day so finish off the weekend with a bottle of my favourite Chateauneuf du Pape from Domaine de la Ronciere. Just the job with some roast beef. Great.

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Bordeaux AOP

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Regional Bordeaux AOCs

In the Bordeaux wine region there are seven regional Appellations d’origine contrôlée (AOCs) that may be used throughout the Gironde department. These are Bordeaux Rouge AOC, Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge, Bordeaux Clairet, Bordeaux Rosé, Bordeaux Blanc, a dry white, Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc, a sweet white, and Crémant de Bordeaux, a sparkling méthode traditionnelle wine. The regional appellations together form the largest world-class wine vineyard, making up more than half of the production of the prestigious Bordeaux wine region. and representing more than 55% of all Bordeaux wines consumed in the world.

Bordeaux AOC

Wine style

The entry-level Bordeaux AOC reds are fruity and easy-to-drink, and meant for early consumption rather than cellaring. More ambitious reds are usually sold as Bordeaux Supérieur AOC.

Notable exceptions to the general rule of Bordeaux AOC as simpler wines are some dry white wines produced in Médoc and Sauternes, where the production of red and sweet wines dominate. In difference from most of Graves, these areas are not allowed to use any other designation than Bordeaux Blanc AOC for dry white wines. Thus, some very ambitious and expensive dry white wines, such as Château Margaux‘s Pavillon Blanc and Château d’Yquem‘s “Y” have to be classified as “simple” Bordeaux Blancs.

All rosé and clairet wines are produced under regional appellations.

Production and Area

The vineyard area devoted to the production of Bordeaux AOC wines is approximately 61,700 hectares (152,000 acres), of which 50,000 hectares (120,000 acres) are used for red wine and 6,740 hectares (16,700 acres) for white wine

Average yearly production is 3,300,000 hectolitres, corresponding to approximately 431 million 75 cl bottles, with 2,300,100 hectolitres of red wine   and 304,000 hectolitres of white wine

The maximal authorized yield for Bordeaux AOC is 55 hectoliter per hectare, and the alcohol level of the wine must be between 10 and 13 volume percent. Dry white Bordeaux may not have more than 4 grams per litre of residual sugar

Grape Varieties

For red wines, the most planted grape varietals are Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. As most regional Bordeaux AOC wines are produced on the Right Bank, Cabernet Franc is often found in the blend. Winemakers are using more and more Malbec but Petit Verdot is not often seen.

For white wines, Sauvignon blanc and Sémillon each represent 42% of the vineyard surface and Muscadelle 9%

Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge AOC

The Bordeaux Supérieur appellation covers the same geographic area as Bordeaux AOC. However, the wine in this appellation is often produced by single parcels of older vines. Moreover, Bordeaux Supérieur wines must be aged for at least twelve month before they can be sold.

Production and surface

Yearly production: 489,230 hectolitres

Surface : 4,725 hectares (47.25 km2)

Bordeaux Clairet AOC

Bordeaux clairet is a generic AOC for the Bordeaux defined as “clairet“. All other appellations in the Bordeaux region, including the most prestigious ones, are entitled to produce under this AOC. Bordeaux clairet is a wine which can either be described as a dark rosé wine or a light-coloured red wine. As there is also a more commonly used Bordeaux rosédesignation, Bordeaux clairet is not simply any rosé from Bordeaux.

Bordeaux clairet wines are similar in colour to the wines which were shipped from Bordeaux to England during the Middle Ages, known as French Claret. These wines established the fame of Bordeaux as a wine-making region, and led to the (primarily English) practice of referring to Bordeaux as “claret“. They are refreshing wines, appreciated because they can be easily enjoyed with picnics or exotic food.

Production and surface

Yearly production is 52,000 hectolitres from 925 hectares of vineyard surface. Maximum authorized yield is 55 hectolitres per hectare.

Grape varieties

The authorized grape varieties are the same as red Bordeaux AOC although Merlot is the most common of this AOC.

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Hacienda Villarta Mentrida

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Unfortunately I was late in my blog yesterday and it went live after midnight so you have it today instead sorry about that. I was waylaid by Julia Roberts on the box. Naughty Boy. Anyway here is some news about the trend on what we are drinking in UK. Figures show that we continue to favour the more robust wines of southern France and in particular Spain and the well known region of Rioja. So big reds are in vogue still. On the white front its all about the grape variety so still Sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. If you are one those who are into big reds the trick is to find an alternative to norm like Rioja that will give you better value for money. So why not try the Mentrida region south west of Madrid. The wines are of similar taste as Rioja and with the same grapes of Tempranillo and Granacha. I reckon the wines are just as good but not so expensive. Try our Hacienda Villarta wines. Cheers.

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Domaine de Noel Anjou Rouge AOP

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My tasting this week was an Anjou AOP rouge. It needs to be served slightly chilled and it’s a great accompaniment with lamb and beef dishes. Eric Bazantay and Jean-Michel Garnier at Domaine de Noels make wine in Faye d’Anjou in the heart of the Anjou appellation with 26 hectares of vines in the Coteaux du Layon, Cabernet d’Anjou, Crémant de Loire, Anjou Villages appellation areas.

The estate vineyards are mainly located on the hillside of Christmas, facing south. This promotes early growth and allows the grapes to reach full maturity ready for the harvest.

The soils here are clay-slate dominant giving the wines a quality that reflects the appellation.

The balance of adapting the farming methods to the land and the respect of the land and the environment allows the domaine to produce quality wines.

The domaine makes an Anjou rouge AOP wine suing a mix of manual and mechanical harvesting. Sometimes the Loire region needs a quick response to ensure that the grapes are at the right maturity so harvesting needs to be as responsive as possible. The natural process of vinification is in Vats over a 7-15 day period and then the wine is left to age. In the Anjou appellation up to 20% of a number of other varieties are allowed and here 20% of cabernet sauvignon is used for the fruity and tannic structure to the wine.

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