Saturday, February 16, 2013

ante phylloxera


this was an odd and beautiful wine from the 2010 vintage, that i had a chance to drink thanks to jake parrott from haus alpenz, beverage advisor to the elite and tasteful and, by courtesy, to me as well. it is made by marc plouzeau from a parcel of 150+ year old, ungrafted cabernet franc in touraine that escaped phylloxera in the 19th century. still a little young, it came together in a most wonderful way about 18 hours after it was decanted. by which time, of course, there was nearly none left. green and vibrating in the nose, cedar, sour cherry, and corn mash. light-bodied but not lightweight, with clean, perfect, evanescent tannins. in my mind as i drank it, i saw a small, narrow, medium-length diffuse block entering my nasal cavity narrow end in.

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