The grape escape: vigneron indépendent

22 11 2009

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about wine, but the ‘salon de vin des vignerons indépendents‘ at Lille was a temptation I could not resist. A measly 6 euro buys you a tasting glass and access to some of the finest independent winemakers in France. Here are some of my soul inspired tasting notes.

Rhône wines are like Bill Withers: underestimated yet unparalleled. The Domaine de Chantegut Vacqueyras Tradition 2007 will make any (winter) day a lovely day. And I’ll be sure to enjoy the Domaine La Garrigue Gigondas 2007 magnums I bought with, well, just the twelve of us or so.

I also discovered a white Burgundy oddity in the Domaine Felix Saint-Bris 2008. The Saint-Bris AOC allows sauvignon grapes. That’s the viticultural equivalent of James Brown singing about abstinence. Ain’t it funky? No, it isn’t. It smells of summer and tastes great.

Lastly, I invested in some delicate red Burgundy produced by Domaine Nudant. Now sitting pretty in my wine cellar are three bottles of Vosne Romanée 2007 and three Ladoix 1er Cru La Corvée. I’m saving those for a special occasion, like Bill Withers in concert.



2 responses

10 12 2009

Hi Tom,
Greetings from IBC, UA! Liked your blog on the Salon in Lille. Do please let Pat & I know if you are planning on going again next year so we can give you free tickets. We always have too many sent to us by a friend who exhibits there.
Hope all is well. Keep in touch.

10 12 2009
Tom Van Hout

Hi Steph! Thanks for the comment and the offer. I wouldn’t mind going every week to tell you the truth 😉
All the best,

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