Sipping in the Rain

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If you can’t beat Mother Nature, than join her.

« I’m singing in the rain, What a glorious feelin’, I’m happy again, I’m laughing at clouds, The sun’s in my heart, …………………………………….and I’m ready for wine.

Come on with the rain, , a glass of wine will keep me sane,

I’ve a smile on my face, as I have my first taste………………………………… »

And so goes the song of Gene Kelly, or something similar.

My choice of wines for these rainy days :

Domaine du Poujol, ‘JAZZ’ , AOC Languedoc, Red.

Carignan 40% ; Grenache 45% ; Cinsault 12% ; Mourvèdre 3%

A refreshing, aromatic and fruity red wine. Aromas of spices, mulberries and Mediterranean herbs. A soft tannic structure, velvety mouthfeel, rich dark fruit flavours on the palate with a lingering fresh finish. Absolutely delicious. .

Château Barouillet , « Pandore » , AOC Bergerac, white.

Muscadelle 100%.

A non-typical unusual white wine from Bergerac. Fermented and raised in a polyethylene egg shaped, 900 HL ‘container’, which lets the air through, but hasn’t got the molecules found in oak barrels. So, no vanilla nor coconut flavours.

Nose is very complex, wiith initial aromas of ripe pears and honey, followed by floral notes of acacia, and ripe pineapple. Palate is unctuous complemented by the fresh acidity . Full of flavour on the mid-palate, lots of ripe pears soaked in acacia honey. Very long finish – quite amazing.

Domaine de Dame Bertrande, La Pierre Cachée, Côtes de Duras, red.

Merlot 95% ; Cabernet Sauvignon 5%.

Lovely deep purple robe. Nose is restrained, with some oaky hints. Palate is smooth, medium bodied, with velvety tannins. Dark fruits predominate on the mid-palate. Nicely balanced with a lovely blackberry and cream finish. Needs carafing several hours beforehand.