Last Monday was a calm and consistent late summer day, hazy light, temps in the low 80's and a comfortable barometer reading. On the road, we visited some retail shops and showed three wines we think will be great go-to wines for fall suppers. This is how they showed that day:
Chateaux La Breuil Renaissance, Medoc, 2008
Aromatically soft, of tobacco leaf, graphite, cedar, fraises de bois, a dusting of clove. Seductive under-scents of bergamot, sour cherry. The mouth has a lovely bitter fruit expression of orange peel and sour cherry. It is graceful, floaty with depth, and long. An elegant wine.
A lovely red to pair with fish - halibut or trout poached in red wine with butter, also young roasted chickens and meats au jus, milder cheeses.
Chateau du Bloy, Bergerac, 2007
The nose is mixed ripe red fruits, faint menthol and pine. The hebaceousness evolved over the day. On the palate is gentle tannic grip that reverberates in soft dried herbs. It is structured - supported by the particular quality of a single varietal wine (100% merlot) - hovering in a delicate-taught space. I love the balance of strength and grace in this wine.
It would be well paired with roasted chickens and meats with stonger herbs - rosemary, thyme, marjoram - in pan juices and wine sauces - not too rich - with root vegetables. Also with tangy sheeps milk cheeses.
Mission La Caminade, Cahors, 2008
Immediate nose of graphite, wet river rocks at the edge of the forest after a cold rain. Poised in the mouth, upright, mineral. Striated slate contains fossilized fruit and bitter chocolate flavor that you suck out of the stoniness and savor on the finish.
The minerality of this wine is the perfect foil for the rustic richness of fresh and cured sausages, onion soups, confits, gratins, cantal and laguiole cheeses.