The wine I’m about to recommend is not for everybody – so take note. It is modeled on the traditional Bordeaux style – which is a dusty-dry and very different from the fruity, richness of what’s offered today. Are you up for a retro red experience?
Traditionally Bordeaux lorded over the red wine world. Drinkers could choose between the everyday which was light and pale – men would guzzle this variety at club luncheons. Formal dinners were accompanied by the fancier variety – super expensive bottles from prestigious Chateaux. Both styles were a lot drier, and lower in alcohol, than what we are accustomed to today. The flavor profile was also different – earthy, as opposed to the fruity/spicy nature of today’s red. Hence my warning at the outset.
Ch. Loumelat is the ‘everyday’, light style – two bottles with lunch wine. Dusty try, modest in flavor and alcohol, but with a feeling that says ‘I’ll be a good partner with food’. White meats, and lighter fare. Think Bistro lunch on the patio.
Best in the Fall or Winter months – which are just around the corner. Yikes!
CHATEAU LOUMELAT 15 Blaye, Cotes de Bordeaux, France 550293 Vintages $16.95