Wine 2- Clos de Gamot, Cahors, Malbec, 2008
The 2008 vintage was a beautiful vintage in Cahors producing wines expressing potential as they age. This nine years old legend is simply one of Cahors forgotten jewel. If you like aged but still vibrant Barolo or Bordeaux this wine would be a delicious surprise. On the noise, there are earthy notes, aromas of blackcurrant, fruits of the forest, licorice, dried violet, and spice. Settled down with the years this Cahors is now a vibrant medium-bodied wine, with a signature balance of oak integration and acidity. The length is stunning.
The grape that built Cahors, vinified by the most iconic winemaking family of the region- it’s the stuff of South-West dreams. Clos de Gamot is a "sleeping beauty" producer, those wine that is a unicorn.
The wines of Clos de Gamot are the benchmark of Malbec from this area, with the Jouffreau family passing winemaking traditions from father to son since 1610. There have been more than a few bumps along the way, yet the Jouffreau’s had remained faithful to their vines, never abandoning their traditional grapes for trends and continuing to bottle wines when others in the region had defaulted. When others were using small new oak barrique trying to copy Bordeaux's oak monster, they kept their historical vision preferring their +40 years old foudre and some old demi-muits to keep producing wine with finesse and balance.
The philosophy of the Jouffreau family is simple: be good farmers. Leave time to time, observe nature, get connected and be respectful. This approach has seen vines aging back to 1885 still producing intense, great fruit.
Since Jean Jouffreau’s recent death, his daughters and his son-in-law Yves Hermann have continued to lovingly care for the family vines in order to continue the story. The tradition continues, with the focus on bottle maturation remaining. “A wine, like a person,” says Yves, “should have a personal story to tell over time.”
With the range of vintages the estate offers, it is possible for consumers to affordably capture history in a glass. We’ll drink to that!
Wine 1- Chateau d'Haurets, Ducourt, Bordeaux white, 2016
With the weather warming up day after day, crisp white wine is all that is on our minds!
Sustainable farmed Chateau d'Haurets from Bordeaux's Entre-Deux-Mers region fits the bill perfectly. Stylistically, this white is dry, aromatic, with white flowers notes and a lovely texture of stone fruits such as white peach. This terroir-driven Sauvignon Blanc (97%), Muscadelle (2%), Semillon (1%) has a mineral touch and finish fresh and dry.
You cannot think of Bordeaux and particularly Entre-Deux-Mers region’s history without including the Ducourt family. They are one of this family that profoundly contributed to rebuilding and developing the vineyard after the 2 World Wars. Back in the days they even decided to work with their neighboring winemakers and established common quality rules to promote the local wine production. Together, they have been able to create one of the first AOC in France.
Château d’Haurets is Ducourt’s home, and It’s the place where the family and their friends gather together for all occasions. The château breathes joy and good living, just like the wines that are produced here. As a family business, everyone (almost) is implicated in the company. Chateau d’Haurets is located in Ladaux with its vineyard that surrounds the Château and its windmill, benefiting from fresh clay-limestone soils.
Chateau D’Haurets as always lead the charge with quality and innovation in this region.
The Ducourt are known for their hospitality and Simone cooking skills. They love to welcome people, and for Bordeaux, they are very open-minded, not afraid to innovate and improve sustainably the way they make wine from the vineyard to the cellar
Food match and recipe: Prawns, avocado, and grapefruit salad
Simone, the Ducourt grandmother, is sharing with us her summer Prawns, avocado, and grapefruit salad:
Get a handful of lettuce salade per person. Wash and dry.
Cut slices of avocados segments.
Cut slices of grapefruit segments.
Peeled the cooked prawns.
Make a little vinaigrette with olive oil, wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Mix and toss in a salad bowl.
We particularly recommend pairing crisp and aromatic Bordeaux Entre-Deux-Mers's Sauvignon Blanc with fresh goat cheese as well as Brie or Crottin.
December: "South-West Magic for the festive season"
Food match and recipes: Thomas's Grandmother Leg of lamb and garlic recipe aka. "Gigot d'agneau."
My grandmother Jeanine growth up in a traditional village restaurant where the lamb was always on the "menu du jour" as they were no just restaurateur but also farmers. Here is her recipe:
The night before:
2 cup/450 grams/1 pound dried white kidney beans.
To cook the dry beans, soak them overnight in cold water.
On the day:
Cooking the Lamb:
Oven on 230 degrees Celcius.
2-kilogram leg of lamb straight on a roasting tray
2 garlic cloves, peeled. Add them under the skin of the lamb.
1 bunch bay leaf
2 tablespoons of olive oil on top.
Sea salt and pepper on top of the skin.
In the hot 230 degrees oven for 15 min.
Then turn the oven down to 190 degrees Celcius, and continue roasting, basting with the juice often, Cook for 40 to 50 minutes, more if you prefer your lamb well done.
Test by inserting a knife in the thickest part of the meat; for pink lamb the blade should be warm to the touch when withdrawn, or hot if you prefer it well done.
Transfer the lamb to a carving board, cover it loosely with aluminum foil and leave it to stand for a few minutes.
Cooking the white beans:
2 onions, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic chopped.
2 tablespoons olive oil.
2 to 3 large tomatoes, 450 grams total, peeled, seeded and chopped.
2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Drain the beans and put them in a large saucepan and enough water to cover by at least 1 inch/2.5 centimeters.
Cover, bring to a boil and simmer until the beans are very tender, 1 hours at least.
Add more hot water as it is absorbed to keep the beans covered in liquid, and season them with salt and pepper halfway through cooking. At the end of cooking, they should be moist but not soupy.
While the beans are simmering, olive oil in the sauté pan and sauté the onions over medium heat until soft but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes.
Stir in the tomatoes, garlic, salt, and pepper.
Simmer over medium heat, stirring often, until nearly all the moisture has evaporated, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir the tomatoes mixture into the cooked beans, taste and adjust the seasoning. Last, add the fresh parsley.
For serving, carve the lamb into thin slices and replace them on the bone on a large serving platter. Spoon the beans in tomato around it. Spoon a little meat juice from the roasting dish over the meat.
Et voila, bon apetit!
Hard cheese such as Cantal, Cheddar, Manchego, Parmegiano. It also works very well with Blue cheese such as Roquefort. Locally they love to match Cahors Malbec with little goat cheese called "Rocamadour."
Matching French tune
Summer French music the kind of lively tunes you want to have in the background having a barbecue with a lot of friends. French Jazz legend Jean "Django" Reinhardt, Romani French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant by far. Reinhardt lost most control of two fingers on his left hand in a fire in his youth. He developed a modified technique to overcome this disability and went on to forge an entirely new 'hot' jazz guitar style, now known as gypsy jazz, or jazz manouche, that remains a musical tradition in France and neighboring countries, especially within Gypsy culture. Reinhardt's innovations on the guitar helped elevate it above its prior position as usually only a rhythm instrument. We recommend to put on Minor Swing, I'll See You In My Dreams, Honeysuckle Rose, What a difference a day makes, Farewell Blues, Les yeux noirs available on Mosaique wines Spotify playlist!
Paté, rillette style
Duck rillettes is one of South-West France classic from the aperitif to the festive occasions. Duck rillette is a combination of the various part's of the duck slowly cooked in duck fat and seasoned with spices (no alcohol and no pork) until the meat becomes soft and melty. These rillettes are an absolute pleasure with their soft texture, slight meatiness and the right level of fat.
In the 19th century thanks to studies Jura born Louis Paster showed that 87% of people reaching 100 years old drank wine, he even said: “wine is the milk of the elder.” Very French indeed but true in certain cases something to do with the so-called later by American scientist: “The French paradox.” Personally, my great-grandfather at the family vineyard Chai Saint Etienne was drinking a bottle a day during the meal. He was fit and sharp, leaving us at 95 years old.
Nowadays French drink 42.5 liters of wine per capita each year. Back in the days in 1961, the French used to drink some 161 liters per capita mostly to support the big French wine industry. The wine was considered nourishing. Translation of the advertising:
"Give preference to restaurants that include wine in the price of their meal."
"The average life expectancy, 59 years old for a water drinker, 65 for a wine drinker."
"87% of century-old people drink wine."
"Wine is the milk of the elderly."
"Wine is the healthiest and most hygienic drink."
Interesting man Louis Paster? With moderation off course.
Where to stay in the South-West France:
When you are around Bordeaux:
Stay: in Bordeaux center get an Air B N B in the old city in the Chartons suburb along the river. Sunday Chartons Market is a must do. Just walk your way around, grab a few fresh oyster and share a bottle of cold crisp white Bordeaux, chill. Visit la Cité du Vin.
Cellar door: Please visit Chateau d'Haurets in beautiful Entre-Deux-Mers region, 35 min from Bordeaux say you are coming from us, they are super friendly!
Eat: Garopapilles, Oyster in the traditional cabane Archon.
Drink: at 4 coins du vins,
When you are around Toulouse:
Stay: in a Gites in a little village in the country. People are very welcoming there is always a little "marché" filled with tasty products. Hipps of walking or cycling possible to digest delicious local food. Visit the pink city of Toulouse. Walk off your lunch along the Canal du Midi.
Cellar door: straight to Clos de Gamot in Cahors along the Lot river. Local legend and vigneron Yves will welcome you and open some of his wines. Be ready for all the stories, and if he likes you, it might open some older vintage on the spot. He is one the rare legend that can make you travel back in the past through his wines and stories.
Eat: a proper Cassoulet, Toulouse Saucisse or duck? This is the big question? I always want both in mine!
Drink: At N5 in Toulouse, it was elected best wine bar in Europe.
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