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 2019 – 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.