So I was/am all on board with drinking less, trying to cut back and preserve my liver rather than pickle it. I have been really good….well, I’ve been trying really hard to be anyway but how the hell am I supposed to stick to my un-pickled plan when there is stuff like this at my fingertips?! Damn you Joguet….damn you.
I adored this wine last year, so graceful, delicate and almost ethereal so I could not wait to try the new vintage. Popped the cork the other night for a little something to keep me company as I slaved, (read dropped basil, green olives, Parm, olive oil and garlic into the blender) over dinner. I noticed right away that the color was much more electric than last year, almost neon pink wine resting behind that fantastic orange label and one sniff confirmed that this is a very different wine indeed. Gone were the delicate aromas of wet stones and minerals and in its place there is explosive floral aromatics, almost like violets and this shocking blast of super ripe melon. Perfect weight and texture on the palate with more violets spreading across the palate and hanging on for dear life. Powerful, rich and palate staining but with that classic Loire freshness that leaves you aching for one more long delicious sip.
Now last year I slowly worked my way through the better part of a case of this wine and pickle plan be damned I will be taking down even more this vintage! Badass, these 2009 French pink wines are simply badass and the Joguet Chinon Rose is must. Oh and get at least two, that first bottle is gone way way too fast and once this stunning wine has taken your palate for a spin it’s hard to transition into anything else.