In this section, I would like to share my oenological favourites with you. You will discover the wines that I liked, by their character or personality.
Gewurztraminer’s favourite Late harvest: between flowers and honey
I discovered this wine during my stay in the Lower and Upper Rhine region. In this corner of the East, nearly 2,700 hectares of land are devoted to aromatic Gewurztraminer wine.
Gewurztraminer Late harvests
Famous for its wines, France offers a wide selection of wines such as Gewurztraminer vin de Alsace, a late harvest. This sweet white wine is made from the traditional harvest of pink grapes during the month of October. Its fruity taste comes from the presence of at least 243 grams of sugar per litre.
It should be noted, however, that the sweetening operation (chaptalisation) is prohibited for this Eastern wine. In addition, there are a number of standards governing this wine in order to preserve its authenticity, such as the “Appellation d’ Origine Protégée”label.
Why choose Gewurztraminer Late Harvest Alsace
This wine can be stored for about ten years, which remains an excellent investment for wine lovers more or less confirmed. It should be kept between 10 and 13 degrees in the shade to preserve its flavour. If 1983 remains the reference year, other periods such as 2008 or 2010 are particularly advisable when buying Alsace wine from Gewurztraminer. The dress of the Gewurztraminer is particularly aesthetic with a beautiful golden yellow and transparent. On the palate, the wine of Alsace harvests late Gewurztraminer blends aromas of honey, lychee, caramel flower and quince.
How to accommodate your Alsatian wine with your meal
Ideal as an aperitif in a balloon glass, Alsace wine Gewurztraminer late harvest wine can accompany a generous slice of foie gras, some fresh pretzels or a cake with ginger. This wine is also ideal with dishes that have a sweet touch such as salmon-filled pineapple, honey camembert or crispy apples – goat cheese!
On the dessert side, this Rhine wine also goes perfectly with raspberry pie, apple doughnuts or the traditional eastern cake: the black forest. Finally, the apprentice cooks will be able to cook in the kitchen to combine this wine with subtlety, because Alsace Gewurztraminer late harvest remains very tasty once cooked. Poached pear with Gewurztraminer, pork cheeks with Gewurztraminer or tiramisu with peach and Gewurztraminer will delight the most demanding palates…
A hit of heart for the Pommard Premier Cru
The Pommard is the appellation of wines from the wine estates located in the heart of the Côte de Beaune, in the Burgundy region. The Premier Cru Pommard “Les Grands Epenots” is a marvel for the taste buds and goes well with many dishes.
The Pommard appellation
Pommard is derived from the name of the goddess Pomone, the deity of fruit and vegetable orchards in ancient times. Nicknamed “La Fleur des vins beauunois” in the Middle Ages, the Pommard appellation is still a reference today.
Being cultivated in an oceanic climate with a semi-continental influence, the vines produce an ideal grape for the creation of the first and grand crus. Moreover, more than 110 hectares are destined for Premiers Crus, which are at the origin of 28 appellations such as “Clos du Verger”,”Le Village”,”Les Boucherottes”,”Les Croix Noires” and of course “Les Grands Epenots”.
Produced in Burgundy, a region renowned for its Pinot Noir grape variety, this red wine is very much appreciated by oenophiles and amateurs alike. The red wines of this region go well with many meats, such as game, beef and chicken.
The “Les Grands Epenots” Premier Cru Pommard
The Premier Cru Pommard “Les Grands Epenots” is a red wine representing the characteristics of the Pommards. It demonstrates the refinement and richness of Burgundy’s terroir. The Premier Cru Pommard “Les Grands Epenots” has a dark red colour, with notes of red fruit but also notes of spices and leather. On the palate, it is the Pommard par excellence with its power and flavours.
The Pinot noir de Bourgogne is the main grape variety of the Pommard premier cru “Les Grands Epenots”, however, Chardonnay Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc can be used in the composition of this wine.
It was considered a vintage of the century in 1928 and 1929 as well as a vintage of the millennium in 1969 and 1978. It has been repeatedly recognised as a very good and excellent vintage over the last few decades. The Pommard Premier Cru “Les Grands Epenots” is a wine that can be kept for several years, between 5 and 15 years, in a suitable place. To fully enjoy this wine, it is advisable not to decant it and to serve it at a temperature of about 15° C.
What dishes to enjoy with the Pommard premier cru “Les Grand Epenots”?
Many dishes will be highlighted by a Pommard premier cru “Les Grands Epenots”. It is recommended to serve it with regional products and dishes, such as the famous beef bourguignon.
It will go perfectly with game accompanied by seasonal mushrooms, meat in sauce such as stew or rooster with wine.