Sunday, February 12, 2012
2009 Domaine Nebout SAINT-POURCAIN (Central France)
Very light ruby garnet color. At first the nose displayed a fair amount of barnyardy earthiness, but with air the earthiness receded and the wine showed off tangy grapey-crisp cherry scents with an earthiness that reminded me of river stones. Barely medium light-bodied, but with minerally crisp cherry and lemon juice flavors, great acids, a soft texture, and a refreshing finish. I went fantastically with leftover provencal chicken (here's the recipe). I wish it were a bit cheaper, but certainly give this a shot to see how a wine SHOULD fit in with a meal. (Hint, it shouldn't be something that contrasts so vividly that it distracts your attention away from the meal, but should feel like a complementary liquid extension of the food.) In the abstract, this is a B. With the chicken, it was an A. Was $14.99 at Arrowine in Arlington. Imported by Dionysis Imports, Manassas, VA.