We’re on the home stretch of the Twenty-Wine Days of February. I am relieved—since I don’t have to go all-out to find a wine, pair it with a meal, cook the meal, and write it up on the same day—but am also a bit disappointed—since this has been a pretty fun little experiment. It’s not over yet, though: one week to go!
2009 Domaine Charvet Gérard Moulin-à-Vent, Burgundy, France
The Domaine Charvet Gérard is a nice little Beaujolais made from the Gamay grape, but unlike yesterday’s wine, is not sparkling (we call that “still wine” in the business). Two Gamays in a row, you say? Yeah, I’m crafty and like a competition. I blame video games.
I poured this bottle through the Vinturi and gave it an hour or so in the decanter.
On the nose, I got mostly bubble gum (think Hubba Bubba) and strawberry. I also sniffed out a little cotton candy, which is usually nice—except for those in law enforcement, who call cotton candy the “deadliest snack” (at least according to one of Camden’s Finest in My Name Is Earl.
The palate was initially full of tart, unripe strawberry. There were really no noticeable tannins on this one, either. An hour or so in, grape (imagine—tasting grape in wine!) flavors emerged, but the bubble gum remained from start to finish.
The Domaine Charvet Gérard is a wine—not in a bad way. Its fruit forwardness is typical of Beaujolais, so from that perspective, it was spot on. The wine paired well with my simply seasoned (little salt and pepper) pan seared (in olive oil) boneless pork chops.
A quick note here: if you encounter (or are, heaven forbid) someone who claims to not like red wine, pour him or her (or yourself) a glass of Beaujolais. I can’t think of a better “starter red” for those who believe that only white wines can please the palate.
The Rib and I have had a few bottles of this wine and always enjoy it when we when we pop the cork on a new bottle. It’s easy to drink, pairs with almost anything (to include lazy days on the patio or on the couch watching the “magic box”), and gets the job done for about $16-$18. If you like relatively simple, fruit forward, easy to drink wines, give this one a go.
Cheers from the Corkpit,