So many wines…. So little suitcase space!
After two wonderful months, my time in Paris is coming to an end and I’m going back to Abu Dhabi in a few days. Of course, I’m taking the best of Paris back with me: lots and lots of wine! I think I may have gone a bit overboard with my French wine collection – 23 bottles! Well, it would’ve been a lot more if there were no weight restrictions during air travel. I cannot wait to take them back home and start pairing them with food.
Here’s some information on each of the bottles in the picture:
I’m, of course, taking all seven bottles that I brought back from my wine tasting tour in Alsace a couple of weeks ago (for more info on these bottles, see: A tasting tour of Alsace: the land of Riesling and Gewurztraminer!).
Besides the Alsace seven, I have wines from a variety of regions in France (not to mention a couple of bottles from other European countries).
Chateau La Pointe Pomerol. I got two vintages of this Pomerol: 2006 and 2009. The Pomerol region is known for being very velvety and silky. I am most excited about the 2009. We tasted this vintage in wine class and it was love at first taste! If only I had more space to bring back a few more bottles of this…
Two red Bandols from Provence: Chateau Sainte Anne 1999 and Domaine Tempier La Tourtine 2011. Red Bandols are the perfect wines to serve with hearty and rich foods. When the weather gets chilly in Abu Dhabi (well, the weather hardly gets chilly in Abu Dhabi but we do suffer regularly from blasting A/Cs), I will serve these wines with some roasted lamb or stew.
A rosé Bandol from Domaine Tempier 2013. Provence is famous for its rosés and Domaine Tempier is one of the best rosé makers out there. It’s a mix of a few grapes with the majority being Mourvèdre (other grapes include Grenache, Cinsault, Carignan, and Syrah).
Le Soula Cotes Catalanes 2010. A bottle recommended by my friend Kelly that I met in wine class. This is an IGP wine (Indication Géographique Protégée, which is a classification that denotes geographic origin) that is from the Languedoc-Roussillon region, near the border with Spain. Can’t wait to try this out!
Mas Champart Saint-Chinian Clos de la Simonette 2011. Made from one of my favorite grapes: mourvèdre! This bottle was recommended to me by the sales person at La Dernière Goutte in Saint Germain when I told her that I loved mourvèdre.
Meandro de Vole Meao 2011. A Portuguese Douro – a gift from my awesome brother. Douro wines come from the northern part of Portugal, which is a mountainous and rugged region (the fortified Port wine also comes from this region). Douro reds are very dark and full-bodied. I haven’t had this wine so I’m very excited to discover it.
Another gift from my brother: a German Riesling (he lives in Germany). Battenfeld-Spanier 2010 Riesling from Molsheim. My brother explained to me that this Riesling is special because it spent some time in oak – this is very rare for a Riesling!
Adonis La Grapperie 2012. I got this bottle from Septime Cave and asked the sales person to give me a red wine from France that is not very typical in terms of flavor and aroma profiles. He picked this bottle out for me. I’m very curious to find out what flavors and aromas this wine has.
Vini Viti Vinci Irancy 2012. I had dinner at a fantastic restaurant recently – Le Chateaubriand in the 11th arrondissement. The sommelier recommended a bottle of Bourgogne Coulanges la Vineuse 2012 by Vini Viti Vinci. I absolutely fell in love with this wine. It smelled so amazingly delicious and tasted even better! I loved the aromas so much that I pretty much had my nose in my wine glass the entire meal.
Vini Viti Vinci always has very interesting drawings on their labels 😛
I had to get that bottle to take back with me. While I couldn’t find exactly the same one, I did manage to track down an Irancy made by the same wine maker and according to the salesperson, it’s even better than the Coulanges la Vineuse! Yay!
Two Madirans to serve with the foie gras that I’m bringing back with me. The first is the 2012 Chateau Barrejat that I paired with the fresh foie gras in an earlier blog entry (See: Madiran wine and fresh foie gras? Move over Sauternes!) The second is a 2010 Chateau Aydie, made by Famille Laplace. Since I am unable to take fresh foie gras with me to Abu Dhabi, I will be serving these bottles with mi-cuit and entier foie gras.
A 2009 Muscadet Sèvre et Maine from the granite rich Clisson in the Loire Valley. I paired this wine with oysters in a previous entry and it was delicious (See: Four whites and oysters Galore!) I’m saving this wine for when I learn to shuck my own oysters. They sell my favorite oysters– the famous Gillardeau – at one of the grocery stores in Abu Dhabi. As far as I know, they don’t shuck them for you at the store. But learning to shuck oysters sounds like a great project to take up this year 🙂
And finally two very special bottles of Champagne: 2002 Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut. This is my favorite find of the summer! The Egly-Ouriet is another wine that I featured in an earlier blog entry (See: Champagne and Potato Chips). It is so spectacular that I will definitely be saving these two bottles for a really special occasion!
It was really fun to shop for these wines but now comes the tough part: Figuring out how to transport all of these wines back to Abu Dhabi! 😛