Ummm… For a beer drinker, this was quite a taste revelation. I started off by settling down with the wine and a nice slab of French bread – wise move. By my suds-stained palette, this puppy can hold its own and then some. Its robust, fruity, and acidic flavor would do well in the company of meatballs or hamburgers – French bread just provides a nice balance. While the Jadot’s 12.5% alcohol level is far from being a fortified wine (15% to 20%), it still pretty much falls smack dab in the field of table wines. (One word of heartfelt advice from a neophyte – please view Bruce’s 1st and 2nd videos on wine tasting and pay special attention to the business of breathing in the flavor and alcohol of the wine over the tongue… By far and away this gave me the best feel for the drink.) All said and done, I’d rate this $13 bottle of wine and a $1.50 loaf of French bread at about a 90/100… Toss in the right meat such as a prime rib cooked medium, and the rating would inch up.
For all you sommeliers out there… Here’s a map (below) that actually shows the Beaujolais region of France, famous for its Gamay grape… (If you can’t see it, just go to Europe, hit the Med, take the Rhone River north for a bit and then bang a left.)
You know… That gives this old feline an idea. Maybe we should
corner, force, harangue, suggest that Da Gizzz compile a list of French regions and then cross reference it with the wines for which they’re noted. Better yet, we could develop an online spreadsheet for regions, wines, and grapes. (Oh, this is getting good…) Why not a spreadsheet that shows region, grape, wine, food, and… … … Hades! I say we go for broke and empty the bugger’s mind and quantify the globe! (Why do I feel a kibble shortage coming on?)
With luck, see you by the racks and keep an eye out for that spreadsheet,
Two cats blogging…
* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.