Stéphanie Dolet is everything you would expect from a French wine merchant. She heads up the Export department at France’s largest organic wine producer, Vignobles Raymond. Her boss Lionel Raymond converted his 321 acre estate to Organic and is now out to show the world what the organic effect is on Bordeaux wines and has put that task in the hands of a coquette-ish and effervescent sales professional. Effortlessly sophisticated and approachably elegant describe the wine and its ambassador.
Starting with the Les Hauts de Bellevue 2009 white I found myself humming along to Groovin’ by the Young Rascals. Dry and made for slow sipping and long pauses between free flowing conversations on days when the sound of the grass growing is drowned out by the wind blowing through willow tree. 60% Sauvignon Blanc and 40% Semillon this would be a great pairing with fish or oysters.
Its Red twin, if you will, shows some concentrated fruit and solid tannin structure. The strong flavour of the fruit comes through in their wines clearly, not like new world jam-wines. Stéphanie pointed out that organic wines can see as few as ¼ the grape bunches versus vines that are subjected to chemical treatments. This decreases yield volumes, but bolsters the flavour bottom line. Back from the days of the Young Rascals, another soulful talent emerged from the USA with a little bit of attitude and a knack for writing beautiful music. Richie Havens is the Young Rascals as the Les Hauts de Bellevue AOC bordeaux Red is to the White – listen to Going Back To My Roots. For the same price as a Baron Philippe de Rothschild Mouton Cadet, it is absolutely worth the trouble to search the shelves of your wine shop for either of these wines.
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.