Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas Eve

The Christmas Eve oysters were briny, plump, sweet, cold and luxurious. An extra person showed up who was stuck in town rather than being able to travel home for the holiday so we were able to open one bottle of wine with the oysters and a second with the remainder of the seafood meal - more on the second half of the meal later.

 The first wine of the evening was a 2010 Domaine de la Quilla, a Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Lie from the Loire area of France.  The wine is made just inland from the prime French oyster harvesting area.

This is a wine that isn't about sweet fruit and makes no pretense about it.  It is sharp, tart, brisk, and just reeks of minerality and earth.  Warmed up a little some solid fruit underpins the wine, but this wine is about earth and minerals - primarily oyster shells.  Being aged on it lees gives it a resemblance of an uncarbonated, sparkling wine in that one gets a sense of the yeasts remains in the finish.

With the oysters it was a wonderful match, and there were a good supply of oysters to get us through the late afternoon.

And in honor of the title of this blog, yes, that is a flamingo and Gordon Setter guarding this particular plate of the oysters.

Merry Christmas to all.

2010 Domaine de la Quilla, a Muscadet Sevre et Maine Sur Li.  12% alcohol and $15.

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