Happy Friday! We are moving onto France.
I recently finished: Reading Between The Wines and in the beginning, the author compares west coast reds to getting a lap dance and French wines to dancing and interacting sensuously with your partner. Although I still love those in your face California and Washington State reds, I’m really learning to slow down and appreciate wines from France. This wine was no exception.
Chateau La Confession uses two interesting methods when they ferment the wine. First, they warm the barrels before adding the grapes because they don’t want to shock the mixture; the result is a smoother wine. Second, they put half of the wine in regular 100% new French oak barrels and the other half in cigar-shaped barrels which gives the wine more surface area to expose it to the flavors of the oak.
This wine was a rich purple in the glass. It was silky and tasted of vanilla, blackberries and a hint of cocoa. The best part about this wine was that it changed as it opened up. By the middle of my glass I could taste some floral notes and licorice. It was also extremely food friendly as I’m noticing with a lot of the French wines I’ve tried since January. That might be my biggest disappointment with those bold Napa Cabs. Many don’t pair well with certain foods. For example, guacamole. Just. Don’t. Anyway, we enjoyed this wine with my cheese fondue appetizer that I shared with you on Tuesday.
I recommend you save this wine to try on a night when you aren’t feeling rushed. It needs time to open up and you want to be able to appreciate all of the subtle flavors that are coming at you. Heck, if you can make a meal from scratch to go along with it, even better.
You can find this at Binny’s for $40.
Rating: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 1/2 out of 5
Cheers my dears!