Archive for May 2nd, 2012

Wine Blog – Open Day

Our visit on Sunday last to Domaine de L'Enchantoir, Loire Valley, France allowed us to taste the current vintages from winemaker Pierre Van Den Boom. There were 9 of us in total  Maggi and Peter, Liz and Roy, Sally and John, Francoise and us Simon and Karin. We worked through the range starting with the Saumur Blanc 'Chenin de Chavannes' a balance slightly towards acidity, Saumur Blanc aged for 24 months in old oak barrels giving a rounded smooth dry white of complex tannins. Cabernet de Saumur a dry pink made from cabernet franc, Cabernet d'Anjou a medium pink fruity and fresh for a hot summer fun day in the garden, Saumur rouge 'Le ligerien' a light fruity red for drinking on its own, Saumur Puy Notre Dame 'Le Pied a l'Etrier'  a more complex cabernet franc with a deeper fruit palette with more tannins developed over an ageing process in the vats. A wine for a lamb or Chicken dish. Saumur Puy Notre Dame 'Clos de Peit Chavannes' an oak aged wine left in old oak barrels for 24 months to develop the tannins. Pierre now has three sparkling wines: white, pink and red. We tried the red with the sweet course of a great spread of food for the occasion. The recipe is simple. Put stawberries into a bowl and add the red bubbly. Simple. Soupe de Fraise. Cheers.