I visited the Manoir du Carra, which disguises itself as a tiny hamlet perched on a hill overlooking the rolling hills of the Beaujolais. The architecture was not about standing out as much as being a part landscape, and that same value system is present in the wine they produce. The 2010 Manoir du Carra Fleurie Vers le Mont is one of many wines the Sambardier family vinify in their space efficient winery. My quick survey shows they release ten wines from 9 different Beaujolais appellations. I am also very high on their Juliénas, but the 2011 I sampled was still too young.
I was grateful to try seven or eight of their products, and drew the conclusion that the 2010 Manoir du Carra Fleurie Vers le Mont was the bottle that had the greatest potential to match with the greatest variety of foods – and also offer great value as a wine to be enjoyed on it’s own. The Brouilly Terre Combiatty was a very close second as it would be perfect with typical Brouilly matches like chicken, casseroles, and sausages. I would also even drink it with most any tender, lean cut like filet mignon from beef, boar, bison or venison. These may be atypical of Brouilly food matches, but this wine has a bit of a wild streak. I am just not convinced it has the same ability with as many types of food as the Fleurie even though it may be a better option with those cuts I mentioned.
On the nose, typical notes of red and black berries with a healthy floral component as well. Into the gulp the wine presented itself with comfortable roundness, and an equal balance of floral and fruit and a fresh finish. As expected from a Fleurie, not much tannin. Some may argue that this wine could have used some oak components, I am happy with it “As is.”
Musical Match: Esperanza Spalding performs two tracks in this video: I Know You Know and Smile Like That live in San Sebastian. Can you think of music that fits the round, floral, fruit and fresh more than I Know You Know? The only thing that may need highlighting is that with all those light descriptors, both the wine and the music are significant substance. Cheers and Enjoy.
Special thanks to Inter Beaujolais for providing all transportation, hotels, meals and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of the Beaujolais wine region of France during a four day tour. The wine discussed in this blog entry was tasted during that promotional tour.