Saturday, August 13, 2011
Chateau de Riviere
Slightly out of the area the other day and there was a wine store across the street from my appointment. It's great fun exploring a brand new store simply because one sees things that are new and different from those in one's the usual haunts.
One wine I had not seen before was Chateau de Riviere, a Chinon from the 2009 vintage. We tossed a veal chop on the grill, fixed a small salad and some fresh corn and pulled the cork. Light purple/red in the glass and Beaujolais like in its depth of color. Fresh aromas of sweet red cherries, a little earth and a tiny bit of spice. Light and pleasant on the tongue with a good acid attack up front. Flavors were full of light fruit, but despite the lightness they were full flavors. Good tannin on the side of the tongue and a surprisingly long finish that ended with an earthy feel to it. Nicely balanced wine and a great summer red. Perfect match with the veal chop which had been marinated in olive oil, rosemary, garlic and lemon zest prior to being grilled.
12.5% alcohol and $13.50