‘Twas the week before Christmas and our heads are spinning with visions of sugarplums, gold rings and geese a laying. To clear our heads we are tasting some great wine this weekend. Châteauneuf-du-Pape on Saturday and on Sunday a lovely white Malagousia from the Aegean Islands.
Saturday –-gold rings
2019 Domaine Comte de Lauze, Châteauneuf-du-Pape $48
80% Grenache, 20% Syrah
This wine opens up onto a lovely bouquet surprising in its youthfulness; with red fruit, spice and garrigue (Provençal herbs) notes. The cherry and white pepper flavors open and lengthen out onto a refined licorice feel. The palate is full and shows elegance that is further demonstrated by the ripe tannins at the end.
We also have a couple of Magnums of the 2017 vintage for $85
Sunday — lazy geese
2020 Moraitis, Malagousia $23
100% Malagousia from the Aegean Islands. Intense peach aromas with a lovely purity of fruit that flow onto the palate. Crisp acidity and fresh with a lasting finish.
Monday we are talking the day off to watch the swans swim. But we’ll be back on Tuesday with more wine to open.