Don’t Let the Bottle Fool You!
Appearances aren’t always what they seem. Don’t judge a book by its cover. And, of course, don’t let the bottle fool you!
This week, we have two (very different) examples that show how a wine’s label can be misleading.
Tu Bois Coa? Rosé 2013
Varietal: 100% Malbec
Producer: Domaine La Berangeraie
Region: Cahors, France
Tu Bois Coa? asks, “What do you drink?” This is a serious (and seriously good) wine in a not-so-serious bottle. With such a playful label design, one might think this is sugary-sweet Rosé made only for appertif or quaffing. Not so! This is a classic Malbec Rosé, made by classically trained winemakers.
La Berangeraie is an organic vineyard in Cahors, France (directly south of Paris, near the southern French border). It is family-run by three couples: parents Andre & Sylvie Berenger, and their now-married children (Maurin and Juline) and their respective spouses. Pruning, the treatments of the vines (all organic), and harvesting are all done by hand (a disappearing practice in Cahors where harvesting is now done almost exclusively by machine). Moreover, Juline, Maurin, and Maurin’s wife, Marlene, are all graduates of Oenology school as oneologists (experts in the science of wine and winemaking).
Flavor profile: dry and fruity with grapefruit, raspberry, and strawberry. Excellent acidity. We carried the 2012 vintage last year and it jumped off the shelves. Don’t miss your chance to try this year’s vintage!
San Felice Chianti Classico 2013
Varietals: Sangiovese, Colorino del Valdarno, Pugnitello
Producer: San Felice Agricola
Region: Tuscany, Italy
New label, same vintage! San Felice recently changed the look of its labels, drastically. A good number of fans of this wine thought we had sold out of the 2013 vintage because they didn’t recognize it as the same bottle. Well, we are here to reassure you: this fantastic Chianti is still here, and still delicious. San Felice’s 2013 Chianti Classico is considered by many to be “the best pizza wine ever.” Nuances of dark cherry, raspberry, and sweet violets work together for a smooth, rounded, and medium-bodied Chianti.
“This is not a quaffing wine. This is a wine to savour with your tortellini and pecorino. A dashing, classical wine of the highest order from the finest spots on the Tuscan hillsides. Dark cherry, raspberry, and sweet violets accent the restrained complexity from a particularly talented winemaker, Leonardo Bellaccini. A Chianti Classico that is genuinely a cut above the rest.” (Review by Virgin Wines.)