Saturday, November 29, 2008

Thanksgiving and CRB Gamay

Clos Roche Blanche Cuvee Gamay 2007The 2007 Clos Roche Blanche Cuvée Gamay took me over the moon on Thanksgiving. I roasted a boneless turkey breast (adapted from a Rachel Ray recipe, of all things) and reduced the crap out of some apple juice for the gravy, while my friends made black eyed peas with mushrooms, scalloped corn, green bean casserole, and sweet potatoes. Excepting the sweet potatoes, which were loaded with brown sugar and marshmallows, the CRB was brilliant with everything.

The wine was able to express its personality clearly without overshadowing, or being overshadowed by, the food. The dishes were earthy, peppery, and naturally sweet, and so was the wine. Just as importantly, the Cuvée Gamay had the structure and body to stand up to all that rich food and the acidity to refresh the palate and power me toward the next bite — it was so easy to keep going without feeling blurry or loaded down. Think of running hand in hand with someone who's running barely faster than you: you're in sync and pulled forward simultaneously.

Beyond its energy, what really got me were the subtle wood smoke tones, which rung as clearly on the palate as they did on the nose, and they ultimately made the experience great rather than simply appropriate and delicious. I'm guessing that the smokiness arrives courtesy of Clos Roche Blanche's flint and limestone soil, but what I don't have to guess is what I'll be serving with Christmas dinner.


David McDuff said...

Great choice, Mike.

I think I left a similar comment elsewhere but had I been buying wine for a large group (as opposed to raiding the cellar for a small one) CRB's Gamay and L'Arpent Rouge (Pineau d'Aunis) would both have been at the top of my shopping list.

Good work on the site redesign, too. Looks sharp.


Wicker Parker said...

I would love to try the L'Arpent Rouge sometime; I had the good fortune to try Puzelat's Pd'A (my first) on Saturday night and I would think that would be a good choice as well. Lovely stuff, if a bit bracing for a post-movie sipper at a wine bar.

Thanks also for the feedback on the redesign.