Thursday, March 06, 2008

WBW #43: 2004 Chinon Domaine de la Noblaie Les Chiens-Chiens, a comfort wine

I just came back from a trip to France yesterday. So last night, I was tired, completely jet lagged, and not sure I could stay awake for dinner. But a glass of the delicious 2004 Chinon Domaine de la Noblaie Les Chiens-Chiens raised my spirits up and brought my energy back. I was even up until 9pm!

The Domaine de la Noblaie is one of the oldest winery in Chinon. The 40 acre vineyard, planted with Cabernet Franc (95%) and Chenin Blanc (5%), is surrounded by a forest that protects the vines from cold winds and occasional spring frosts. The soil is mostly lime and clay. The winemaker is Jérôme Billard, the son of the owners, an oenologist with extensive experience and who has worked for Pétrus in Pomerol, Dominus Estate in Napa Valley and in New Zealand.

The Chiens-Chiens is a 100% Cabernet Franc cuvée made for export only. It shows a deep ruby color and a nose of bell pepper with gamey notes. On the palate, it offers a good balance of acidity and tannins. With strong bell pepper flavors, the wine is not fruity at all but it is very pleasant, refreshing, and extremely food friendly. The perfect comfort wine.

Comfort Wines: that's the theme of the 43rd edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday, hosted this month by Joel from the Wine Life Today Blog.

Joel, sorry I am 1 day late but thanks for hosting!

Previous WBW posts:
•  WBW #42: a Rosso Conero in just seven words
•  WBW #41: the exciting wines of Friuli-Venezia Giulia region
•  WBW #39: a wine from Silver Burgundy, the 2005 Viré-Clessé Maison Chanson

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buzz bishop said...

great post. we're off to the loire on the 21st.. any recommendations of vineyards to visit?

Catherine Granger said...

The Loire Valley is a beautiful region and there are great wine producers to visit.

A sample:
Henri Bourgeois in Sancerre
Didier Dagueneau in Pouilly-Fumé
François Chidaine in Montlouis
Philippe Tessier, Domaine des Huards in Cheverny
Domaine des Baumard in Anjou
Domaine Jo Pithon near Angers
Domaine aux Moines (Savennières)
Pierre and Catherine Breton (Bourgueil)
Château du Hureau (Saumur-Champigny)
Domaines Philippe Alliet, Charles Joguet, Couly-Dutheil (Chinon)

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Anonymous said...

What would be a good food pairing with the 2002 of this wine? Lamb? Or something lighter?

Catherine Granger said...

Because it is lightly tannic with a good amount of acidity, the wine works with a large variety of food: poultry, pork, fish, even Asian cuisine if not too spicy.