Roughly timed to coincide with Bastille Day but hardly ever falling on 14 July, we host a dinner party each year on our back porch. It’s pretty much the same guest list every year. These are very old friends, some with a professional background in food or food studies but all with an ardent interest in same. Wine sophistication varies, so in deciding what to drink we’re careful to strike a balance: interesting, but not challenging. This year we had also to contend with the heat. The meaty part of the menu involved chicken and pork sausages from the grill.
This summer, our default white wine for a late afternoon sip has been Drouhin’s 2009 Macon Villages, which we buy by the case for around $10. The ripe ’09 vintage offers a bit more richness than is typical – though a tad less zip. For our event we decided to step up a level (around $14) to the same producer’s St. Veran, from a village straddling the Maconnais-Beaujolais border. The extra fiver is well-spent, delivering substantially more of that stony-lemony chardonnay character that’s dear to our hearts. We poured it (at around 40F) as an aperitif with some little bites and a first course.
With the main course, Drouhin’s ’09 Moulin-a-Vent (around $21) seemed like an easy choice since it’s also been on our summer sip list, prized for the sleek, cherry-tinged fruit that comes with a garnish of loamy earth. If you haven’t sampled ’09 Beaujolais, consider yourself woefully disadvantaged. They’re quite simply delicious, showing heaps of pretty red fruit. Ten minutes in the ice bucket seemed to bring them down to just the right temp (50-55F).
Big hits, both, to judge from the table talk.
The wines of Maison Joseph Drouhin are distributed in Massachusetts by Carolina Wine & Spirits, 800.872.9463.
Originally posted on Boston.com