Al Fresco Wine Sipping
Summer has finally arrived and it’s time for some al fresco wine sipping!
We were invited by our friends to dine al fresco in their garden. The evening weather was still warm so we started with Thomas Pico’s Chardonnay Vin de France 2016 from Domaine Pattes Loup otherwise known as “Wolf Paws”. Pico had to buy high quality chardonnay from organically farmed vineyards in Limoux for this vintage due to the poor weather conditions (e.g. drought, mildew) in chablis in 2015 which caused an 80% shortfall in his 2016 Chablis. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks without added yeast or acid. It was light with floral scents, ripe citrus fruits and a peppery buttery finish which was a perfect way to start the evening!
The second half of the evening we had Les Dauphins Côtes du Rhône Villages 2016, a French Burgundy wine by the producer, Cellier des Dauphins and winemaker, Thierry Walet. This vineyard is located in the southern part of the Côtes du Rhône. The New York International Wine Challenge in 2016 named Les Dauphins the Rhône winery of the year. This vintage had a deep red colour and was made of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre and Carignan grape varieties. On the palate, it was smooth, creamy with minimal tannins and aromas of summer fruits. It had a black pepper and blueberry fragrance and good length.