Dear Wine Friends,
Although the weather leaves something to be desired, it’s full summer. Most of you are probably on holiday. In the meantime, maybe you’re missing your favorite Chabrol wine from Amsterdam? Then have it delivered to your holiday address in the Netherlands. The courier can be there within two working days!
Maybe you’re looking for the perfect barbecue wine at home, we’ve come up with not one, but six. Each of us chose his favorite. From fresh white to energetic red. A super juicy selection of wines that are far from average. These bottles can be ordered together in our Barbecue box or each separately with a nice summer discount.
We also look further ahead – until after the summer. Our wine courses will start again in September. The first dates are available and you can register via the link to the website. Early registration is recommended, as the number of places remains limited for a while. For now, these courses are only Dutch.
Finally, Rex went on a trip and hooked up with some nice new, but also well-known domains in France. We put two of them in the spotlight. The supply of these wines is scarce. Order them before they run out! Hopefully, with this insider information, you won’t be fishing behind the net.
Salut, Team Chabrol
Staff Favorite Barbecue Box
It’s a tradition we don’t want to pass up. Our favorite barbecue wines of the moment. The choices of the Chabrol Team are surprising and tasteful. Not your average and each with a big glouglou factor. Superfine wines from our favorite producers. The ultimate feel-good box!
The box contains a super tight Chenin, salty Xarel-lo, the fruity cheerful Flamenc, juicy red from Padie, a surprisingly aromatic Tannat, and finally earthy essence from Marcillac. Order the Staff Favorite BBQ-Box now!
You can also order each wine from the box separately this month for a nice summer offer price!
Floris van der Mark
L’Orée de la Berterie 2018 – Domaine de la Roche Bleue
The ultimate wine for fresh salads. Barbecue is more than just meat and you need something to perk you up during the afternoon. This super-tight, clear Chenin Blanc is the perfect start to a beautiful summer afternoon. The wines of La Roche Bleue are still relatively unknown, but more than worth trying. A daring choice by our young fine taster Floris.
Xarel-lo 2018 – Anima Mundi
2018 really starts to shine, full harmony between the earthy-iodine character of the grape. The light reduction and crunch and the endlessly salty aftertaste make for a wonderful wine. Delicious with calamari or razor clams from the grill, rounded off with lukewarm olive oil with thinly sliced garlic and parsley.
Michael van de Been
Flamenc 2020 – Domaine l’Astré
A rosé, or not? Salmon pink and full of subtle aromas of red fruits and orange peel, but also a yeasty funk. A hint of cream and baked-apple-with-honey notes of Semillon. Delicious stuff that moves way off the beaten track. This showstopper is a crowd favorite. The only problem is that far too little is made of it. Eat with grilled veggies or fatty fish.
Tourbillon de la Vie Rouge 2020 – Domaine Padie
Quite ripe and aromatic on the nose with lots of black and red berries, wild herbs, and spices. Warm and filling in the mouth, but also weightless. Soft tannins, juicy and energetic, big glou factor. Delicious, very slightly chilled next to a hot grill with lamb, pork, or merguez sausages.
Casper van Tartwijk
Pimpren’elle 2018 – Clos les Mets d’Âmes
Intensely aromatic vin de soif by Tannat/Cabernet Franc from biodynamic priestess Céline Oulié from the Southwest. Peppery yet light-hearted. The spicy aromas call for dark flavors. Like roasted beets or aubergines, charred on the outside and the flesh creamy and soft.
Marcillac Lo Sang del Pais 2018 – Domaine du Cros
Delicious farmhouse wine from the iron-rich red clay soil of Marcillac, made from outsider Fer Servadou. The perfect dining wine for the rustic French kitchen or a ribeye steak from the grill! Dark, smoky, earthy, and slightly wild in taste, but surprisingly supple and refreshing on the palate. Somewhat chilled the wine shows best.
Wine course for beginners and advanced, register now!
Names of grape varieties, the characteristic features of the different regions, and the influence of the winemaker on the final product. There is so much you can learn about wine. Why do some people prefer concentrated reds and others like fresh whites and which bottle do you choose? We can help you on your way with our wine courses. Knowing more is better choosing!
For the time being, we only give the courses in Dutch. The dates for September are now available on the website. We hope to be able to release more data soon.
Hit the Road Rex
As soon as the light hit green Rex, went off to France. Towards Chablis, Loire, Bourgogne, and Beaujolais.
He visited old friends and new domains. Which resulted in some beautiful new buys. A new domain from Beaujolais from a modest but diligent family domain. Parcellaire Gamay from the still unknown Lantignié. A region that can compete with the well-known Crus.
Furthermore, it was a pleasure to go down the cellar with the old rock star Rateau. This man has great stories, but even better wines.
Domaine de Thulon
Rex refound an old love in Beaujolais. When he tasted the wines of Domaine de Thulon again, he remembered! Very high quality, but at the same time very reasonably priced. The wines come from Lantignié, a region that falls just outside the famous crus but catches the eye of enthusiasts because of its granite soil and highly skilled producers who like to settle here.
Lantignié is a stone’s throw from Régnié, Chiroubles and Morgon. Of course the more famous appellations, but Lantignié becomes a strong player. Domaine de Thulon is modest, but so nice. Delicious full ripe Gamay with just that precise bit of wood.
On the way to Beaujolais, Rex stopped by our old acquaintance Jean-Claude Rateau. This man is the first to start making biodynamic wines in Burgundy. He started in 1979 with just 1.5 hectares in Beaune and now has just under 6 hectares in Lieu-dits around Beaune and plots in the Hautes-Côtes-de-Beaune.
He doesn’t just work his vineyards by horse and cart or avoids the use of sulfites or other artificial additives. He also chooses alternative but permitted grape varieties in the vineyards. He makes a mono-cépage beautiful must-have Pinot Blanc in the Hautes-Côtes in a very limited edition. We are big fans of this mineral, reductive style. Usually, the grape is a little pronounced. But in the right hands, the roundness and softness can become something very seductive.
So much for our July update. Enjoy the summer and see you soon!