Varsity Liquors' Wines of the Month
Reviewing our tasting notes from the past couple of months to see what we could serve for the upcoming holiday meals, we stumbled across (figuratively) a couple of wines that would make any meal just a little bit better. We return to Europe this month to showcase three wines that we feel represent exceptional values. These wines are great wines for Spring, if it ever gets here, since they are not overly full bodied nor are they lightweights.
Chateau de la Terriere Brouilly Cuvee Jules du Souzy 1999 (red)
Chateau de la Terriere has been a family run winery since 1535 located in the heart of Brouilly, the best area for cru Beaujolais production. The vines average 60 years of age and produce a miniscule yield of 32-35 hl/ha*, (DuBoeuf produces over three times that amount given the same area). Traditional fermentation is used, much like its Burgundy counterparts to the North, the wine spends 3 months in 30% new oak barrels before being bottled without filtration. The wine pares well with either ham or turkey or drinks beautifully with any conversation.
Clos Lapeyre Jurancon Sec 1999 (white)
Jurancon is located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains of Southwestern France. Long regarded as one of the finest sweet wines of France, this 100% Gros Manseng is loaded with hints of mango, pineapple, honey, vanilla and spice with tons of natural acidity. A great wine to enjoy with hot and spicy foods.
Agricole Vallone Brindisi Rosso Riserva 1997 (red)
Located in the heart of the Puglia region of Italy, Agricole Vallone cultivates Negroamaro, Montepulciano and Malvasia Nera grapes in the select area of Tenuta Flaminio in Brindisi. To say the wine is loaded is quite the understatement, rich and complex yet very accessible now the wine matches well with everything from pizza to brisket.