Wine as Souvenir

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Our favorite wines act as souvenirs, as memories of a specific place. Just as travelers find trinkets and take photographs to remind them of a visit, we search for wines that express a terroir.

Some of the best such souvenirs come from the Mas Foulaquier in Pic St-Loup. The winemakers here don’t filter and use minimal treatment, allowing the cool, stony earth to show through in the bottle.

David Schildknecht, Robert Parker’s reviewer for the region, calls the Mas Foulaquier “one of the six or eight most exciting producers in the Languedoc.” Today we’re offering one of their simpler cuvées – Les Tonillières.

Tonillières is a blend of 17 year old Syrah and 50 year old Carignan. The wine shows fresh dark fruits in the nose, with licorice and blackberry in the mouth. Mr. Schildknecht found “mouthwatering salinity,” and awarded it 89-90 points.

This is a drink-now wine. Have it with anything from the region – stew, sheep cheese, and roast lamb. Or serve it with one of our favorite recipes: Marcella Hazan’s sausage risotto (pg. 275 in Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking).

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FOULAQUIER TONILLIERES 2010
Ansonia Retail: $19
offer price: $15.95

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