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It’s April, time to celebrate wine – The Royal Gazette


Tannat grapes (Photograph provided)

As April 14 is designated Tannat Grape Day and April 17 is World Malbec Day, I suggest a few ways to celebrate them.

Tannat originates from the south of France, but Uruguay considers it its national grape variety. I would like to offer you a version from this South American country as we have imported a selection but they have sold out and at this time shipping complications prevent us from restocking. However, there is France.

I can assure you that the word carboxypyronoanthocyanidins is not my attempt at April Fool’s Day humor, but they are a real sign that micro-oxygenation has been used in the production of a wine.

This gradual and very controlled introduction of oxygen into winemaking was invented in France in 1991 with the aim of softening tannins. As the name tannat suggests, these wines can be quite tannic and, in addition to this new practice, they are often blended with other grape varieties. Below are two examples:

First, Plaimont Heritage Saint-Mont 2016, a blend of tannat, cabernet sauvignon and pinenc. Plaimont is made up of more than 800 families of winegrowers, all with a common desire: to develop their own terroir. Community is the guiding principle of their activities and is not limited to sharing know-how in the cultivation or production of wine. Plaimont supports local music festivals, the renovation of cultural and historical buildings, the promotion of wine tourism and the research and conservation of local indigenous varieties. Saint-Mont is an AOC wine region.

Passionate about wine magazine describes this wine as follows: “Juicy with ripe black fruits and generous tannins, this open wine will be ready to drink young. It offers a good balance between tannins, fragrant acidity and blackcurrant fruitiness. Drink the wine of 2019.” $18.90 (Stock #9315).

Our Plaimont The Madeleine of Saint-Mont 2016 a blend of tannat and cabernet sauvignon comes from a parcel of vines – La Madeleine – which was the first to be planted after the insect phylloxera (a small root-eating louse from North America) decimated the vineyards from Europe. They date back to 1880. You are probably familiar with the formulas: old vines = less fruit, old vines = deeper and more complex root systems, more roots and less fruit = more complex fruit and therefore more complex wine! All you need to prove it is to taste the wine.

Again, go to Wine lover: “Coming from a small plot of vines planted in the 19th century, this is a rich wine with impressive density. It has layers of dark fruit and tannins, both structured and topped with licorice and juicy blackberry flavors. 94/100. $52 (Stock No. 9318).

As we move on to Malbec, you might expect me to cross the ocean and end up in Argentina, but let’s dwell for a moment in France because that’s where Malbec all started, in the south of Cahors.

I love what Wine Curmudgeon has to say about Georges Vigouroux Pigmentum Malbec 2017: “It’s meat red wine – I drank it with roast lamb shank and white beans, and it was perfect. But it’s also meatloaf and chicken to go, the kind of thing for a midweek dinner. Because where would we be without wines like this?

If you prefer a more traditional review, I give you the Wine lover: “Well balanced and full of ripe dark fruit, this wine is made to drink young. The spiciness pairs easily with the flavors of blackberries and a final pinch of pepper. Drink now. $19.75 (Stock No. 7760).

Sticking with this magazine for their review of 2015 Georges Vigouroux Château de Haute Serre: “The Malbec blended with a total of 10% Merlot and Tannat gives a well-structured wine. It comes from the heights above the Lot River, a magnificent vineyard with chalky soil. Rich in tannins and young black fruits, it is just beginning to develop. Drink from 2023. 92/100. $36 (stock no. 7762).

My wife and I had the very educational experience of standing, with a winemaker, among the vines of the foothills of Mendoza, Argentina. He showed us how to press the grapes between our fingers and look for the maturity of the pips to determine the harvest date. Rows of later French clones had quite small fruit compared to other rows of fleshier clones that had evolved over many years in Argentina. Something magical happens in the direct, desert sunlight that produces these renowned South American wines.

The Mendel winery was founded in 1928 in the sub-region of Mendoza known as Lujan de Cuyo and their winemaker, Roberto de la Mota is highly respected. This is a brand new arrival for us, and we have their Mendel Malbec 2019. James Sucer, Parker wine avocado and Vinous all give it a fine score of 92 points, with the last writing: “The 2019 Malbec Mendel comes from a vineyard first planted in 1928 in Mayor Drummond, Luján de Cuyo, and was aged for 12 months in barrels , a third of them new. Bright purple in the glass, the fragrant nose offers aromas of prune and ripe fruit with sweet spice, white pepper, cedar and other notes from the aging. On the palate it is laconic with an expansive and sticky palate, good freshness and ripe, fruity flavors. A classic, round red mendoza.” $32 (stock no. 8922).

I cannot leave Argentina without, once again, mentioning the name of the family that really started this country’s modern and highly respected wine industry. I shouldn’t take sides, but their Catena Malbec 2019 is an essential wine for us. Soft texture, intense aroma, ripe red and black fruits, delicate lavender with traces of vanilla and mocha, blueberries and blackberries – how can you lose? by Robert Parker wine advocate says: “The excellent and floral Catena Malbec 2019 shows the typicity of grapes, violets and red berries, and the freshness of the year. It has school aromas and a soft, velvety mouthfeel, with very fine grainy tannins. $23.80 (Stock No. 7116). Happy wine days.

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