Wine Review: Bernard Latour and Fils Domaine de l’Espigouette Vieilles Vignes (Côtes du Rhône, 2016)

First, you enter a garden. And from there, you enter a florist. But then suddenly, all the flowers give way to a laundromat (of high-end distinction surely!), or perhaps a spa that caters to bridal parties, where the Bride-to-Be insisted that all her treatments should be scented with violets, lavender, and every other purple-hued flower imaginable.

If this sounds like a surprise of questionable substance, it may be so for many – at first. But let it linger – in thought or in mouth (or in stomach) – and you may begin to more deeply appreciate why Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” The unquestionably dry and tannic qualities excellently balance everything floral and fragrant in this wine.

Ruby-garnet in the glass with a hint of amethyst in bright light.

Pair with lush greens – especially dark or wild greens – and something rustic and animal, e.g.: Spinach pie with feta, an egg and aged sheep cheese frittata generously seasoned green onions and other garden herbs, lamb marinated in a mint curry sauce, rosemary gelato served on raw honeycomb.

M.E.B.

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