*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample to participate in a Taste Live event
I’m almost embarrassed to admit how little experience I have with French wines. But it’s true. I fell in love with California wine and while I make forays into other areas (see my affairs with Gruner Veltliner and sparkling wines for examples) I usually find myself coming back to my first love time and again. I should really spend more time with French wine though because as I learned through the Beaujolais tastings I participated in, you can get a lot of bang for your buck among these wines. Next up for this tasting we had the 2009 Jean-Paul Brun Domaine des Terres Dorees L’Ancien which clocked in at 12% alcohol by volume, had a plastic cork, and retails for around $13.
My first notes on the wine say “holy aroma on this one” and “it’s like the wine is jumping out of the glass.” A good start, no? I found blackberry, blackberry pie, raspberry, cherries, smoky notes, and more yummy tart fruit. In the mouth I found the fruit to be bold, with cherries, strawberries, and raspberries dominating and spice and herbs rounding it out nicely. Add to that excellent acidity and a pocketbook friendly price point and I’d put this wine high up there on my list of excellent Thanksgiving wines to stand up to the medley of dishes served on that holiday. (What, too early to be thinking of Thanksgiving?)