This week on First Pour Wine: Episode 6
- 2010 Phebus Torrontes and 2009 Domaine Pignard Beaujolais
2009 Domaine Pignard Beaujolais
Made from 100% gamay, this wine follows the pattern of being a cheap and easily quaffed summer beverage. While it’s not a particularly complicated example, it is delicious.
Sight: Bright, pretty pinkish purple. Magenta
Smell: Big black cherries, some fresh, some cooked into cherry turnovers, pies, and jams. Strawberry and currants play background. Very straightforward bouquet.
Sip: Almost no tannins, starts off brightly acidic with, surprise, more black cherries, this time as jello. Becomes slightly sweeter complementing with a hint of strawberry and black cherry cobbler. Light body, alcohol hides relatively easily behind the fruit flavors. Almost macerated cherries. [ABV 12.5%]
Savor: Long, slow, slightly tanninish finish with plenty of powdered black cherry sugar.
This wine is all about difficult labeling and straight forward black cherry quaffing wine. Try it as a refreshment on a summer picnic with a sandwich.
Appellation Beaujolais Contrôlée
2010 Phebus Torrontés
Not as well known for their Torrontés as they are for their Chardonnay, Malbec, and Tempranillo, Phebus takes a crack at the Argentina’s big white grape and makes something strikingly similar to an ok Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand.
Sight: Pale yellow
Smell: Kiwi, honeydew melon, peaches, and lime are mixed into fresh lemonade, touches of fresh cut grass and sea salt round out the profile. Very clean and crisp.
Sip: Extremely light body, but feels well rounded. Starts off soft, acid grows. Plenty of lemon and lime notes with tropical fruit such as papaya and kumquats. [ABV 13.5%]
Savor: Very clean finish, touch of minerality and lemon pith. Moderate length, fades relatively quickly.
A very simple torrontés, but a little too reminiscient of Sauvignon Blanc. Expected more tropical fruit, but this is an alright stepping stone into the world of torrontés. More interesting examples exist though.