A tasting box box with 6 superb bottles of Clos des Frères from Ghent winegrower Erwin Devriendt: 2 Folie des Frères, 2 Clos des Frères Cru Vacqueyras, 1 bottle of Cuvée "G", 1 bottle of Muscat de Beaume de Venise Read more..
How about a tasting box with the full range of 6 superb wines from Ghent winegrower Erwin Devriendt?
Folie des Frères is a Côtes du Rhône wine, based on a mono-cépage. Grenache is on the move here on a terroir that is very much subject to the mistral. This mistral wind has the great advantage that the vineyards of Folie des Frères hardly need to be treated. The vines are on average 50 years old and the dead vines have been replaced over the years by the best Grenache clones.
This is no longer a simple drinking wine, but a mature culinary accompaniment. The bouquet of cherries and strawberries, complemented by a spicy garrigue spiciness, makes this wine rich and opulent. Its juicy drinkability also makes it a mischievous seducer, which can safely be served with a little soda. Due to the perfect balance between plumpness, acidity and tannins, this wine will be able to age considerably. This wine symbolizes the summer opulence of the southern Rhône like no other. What's more, here lies the naked simplicity of the beauty of the 100% Grenache pure in the glass.
As befits a good viognier, one finds a highly aromatic nose that immediately displays sweet, ripe impressions of yellow stone fruits such as peach and apricot, as well as a slight accent of orange. The fruit is interspersed with delicate aromas of spring blossoms, followed by a subtle herbaceous touch.
On the palate, the intense powerful nose is immediately confirmed and one can speak of a mouth-filling wine with a certain fatness and a broad structure where again a perfumed florality takes the upper hand. This viognier has low but supportive acids, which ensure that the wine is nicely balanced with the other components and also offer a liveliness that is not always evident in wines based on this grape.
Winemaker Erwin Devriendt wrote back in September 2019: "Millésime 2019 will be a wonderful vintage, that much is clear. The year 2019 will simply be unforgettable in all aspects of our lives. I already know now when I will open the first bottle of Clos des Frères 2019 in 2021, I will in all likelihood be overcome by the emotion of the beauty, the wisdom and, above all, the strength of all the decisions we made in that year. The impact of the year 2019 will be unusually hard in our lives, but the hope in our immense story is directly proportional to the splendour nature has given us in realising the millésime 2019." Wine for big moments with complex meat dishes.
The white Clos des Frères sits at a particularly low yield of around 25hl/ha. Everything is vinified in thermo-regulated cuves. The white viognier is vinified separately and aged in 500litre new oak barrels. The role of viognier in the white Clos des Frères is determinant, along with roussanne, clairette, bourboulenc and grenache blanc.
The white Clos des Frères is a real restoration wine that can be served with quite a lot of dishes. With its firm structure and length, it can perfectly handle poultry as well as hearty fish dishes. The aromatic strength of the wine, with floral notes of acacia and an underpinning of tropical white fruit, will not leave any sommelier indifferent. This white Clos des Frères can thus handle many creative dishes and can easily endure several years of cellar rest. A wine for any wine lover who likes it a little more complex in the glass.
The Cuvée G from Clos des Frères and Domaine les Ondines is a special product, produced only in special vintages for the 'grenache'. This wine is the result of a special vinification of exceptional quality grenache grapes from the dry Vacqueyras plateau 'les garrigues' . The vineyard consists of very old vines of 80 years and more. The yield of this vineyard has been naturally reduced to a maximum of three bunches per vine, which means barely 20hl/ha. Due to the age of the vineyard and the purity of the grapes, they manage to extract pure finesse from the lushness of the grenache 100%.
It is recommended to serve this wine with dishes with delicate sauces with both fish, poultry and delicately roasted meats. Avoid too sweet, too oily or too pigmented dishes with this wine. Elegance is the central symbiotic concept for both in the glass and on the plate.
This Muscat de Beaumes de Venise is a wonderful aperitif wine when served fresh, while exploding with fruit desserts. Also an unlikely companion to creamy blue mould cheeses or plump dishes.
The winemaker speaking : 'The label says 'the swaasi flavour'. Those who know Françoise (nvdr: wife of winemaker Erwin Devriendt) a little bit, will automatically be able to identify the characteristics of this wine. So it is a spicy little wine that should be 'handled' with noble gloves.' Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)
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