Clos Château Gaillard Touraine-Mesland Red 2008, Loire, France


Cot Noir (better known as Malbec), Cabernet Franc (Ancestor of Cabernet Sauvignon) and Gamay Noir (of Beaujolais fame) get together for a family reunion in the Loire region and make a pretty dynamic trio in Chateau Gaillard Touraine-Mesland Red 2008. The Touraine area is pretty much the only place on planet earth that produces wines with this combo of grapes in any significant quantity. The result is a herbaceous (I dig the minty Gamay notes), cherry, fig flavoured wine; despite it’s traditional roots it, gushes exhuberance. Being Ecocert certified bio-dynamic assures that the grapes in this wine won’t spoil your health with any harmful chemicals, but the alcohol itself. Without a spotlight being flashed on Touraine or the Loire right now, this wine deserves your attention. It can serve as a good reminder that wine regions that don’t necessarily have halos over-head, can still school some regions that get undue positive press.

Consider this a dedication to all of you who have been turned onto Malbec in the last couple of years, that a selection from Touraine, like this Clos Château Gaillard, can create groovy and intoxicating harmonies like The Traveling Wilburys’ End Of The Line does. George Harrison, Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynn and some guy named Tom Petty make for a pretty good combo wouldn’t you say? Who would have ever thought these musicians, all beyond any regular measure of success, would come together and produce such sweet, simple and straight forward music. That’s just what happens with the Clos Château Gaillard Rouge 2008.

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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Image from www.travelingwilburys.com

Image from www.travelingwilburys.com

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