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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] 2001 Font de Michelle CNdP


    Last night Andrew selected lamb loin chops for dinner, so Jean settled
    on a bottle of this wine to accompany it.

    2001 Domaine Font de Michelle Chateauneuf-du-Pape
    nose: classic CNdP nose of kirschwasser cherry with an overlay of
    something meaty
    palate: fully resolved tannins, medium body, silky smooth, no heat from
    the 14% ABV

    This is the first of the 2001s we've dipped into but this producer
    typically makes a more forward wine than many of the traditionalists
    that I favor. Made by the delightful and friendly Gonnet brothers, this
    is their cuvée normale and doesn't see much new oak AFAIK. Totally
    typique in character, it was really a pointe and unlikely to get much
    better IMO. Great match for the lamb, too (but then again, what red wine
    doesn't pair well with lamb?)

    Mark Lipton

  2. #2
    lleichtman Guest

    Default Re: 2001 Font de Michelle CNdP

    On Mar 5, 8:10*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Last night Andrew selected lamb loin chops for dinner, so Jean settled
    > on a bottle of this wine to accompany it.
    >
    > 2001 Domaine Font de Michelle Chateauneuf-du-Pape
    > nose: classic CNdP nose of kirschwasser cherry with an overlay of
    > something meaty
    > palate: fully resolved tannins, medium body, silky smooth, no heat from
    > the 14% ABV
    >
    > This is the first of the 2001s we've dipped into but this producer
    > typically makes a more forward wine than many of the traditionalists
    > that I favor. Made by the delightful and friendly Gonnet brothers, this
    > is their cuv e normale and doesn't see much new oak AFAIK. Totally
    > typique in character, it was really a pointe and unlikely to get much
    > better IMO. Great match for the lamb, too (but then again, what red wine
    > doesn't pair well with lamb?)
    >
    > Mark Lipton


    Your last comment makes for interesting discussion as I do find that
    many red wines don't pair well with lamb. Zindfandel seems to
    overwhelm lamb and Cali wines with big oak also tend to do so for me.
    I do like CdP with lamb though.

  3. #3
    Emery Davis Guest

    Default Re: [TN] 2001 Font de Michelle CNdP

    On 03/06/2011 04:10 AM, Mark Lipton wrote:
    >
    > Last night Andrew selected lamb loin chops for dinner, so Jean settled
    > on a bottle of this wine to accompany it.
    >
    > 2001 Domaine Font de Michelle Chateauneuf-du-Pape
    > nose: classic CNdP nose of kirschwasser cherry with an overlay of
    > something meaty
    > palate: fully resolved tannins, medium body, silky smooth, no heat from
    > the 14% ABV
    >
    > This is the first of the 2001s we've dipped into but this producer
    > typically makes a more forward wine than many of the traditionalists
    > that I favor. Made by the delightful and friendly Gonnet brothers, this
    > is their cuvée normale and doesn't see much new oak AFAIK. Totally
    > typique in character, it was really a pointe and unlikely to get much
    > better IMO. Great match for the lamb, too (but then again, what red wine
    > doesn't pair well with lamb?)
    >


    Nice! I don't have any 2001 CdP but if I did I'll bet this would be one
    of the bottles. So, vicariously enjoyed.

    -E

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    santiago Guest

    Default Re: 2001 Font de Michelle CNdP

    lleichtman <[email protected]> wrote in news:e038b785-7ad8-4db3-
    [email protected]:
    >
    > Your last comment makes for interesting discussion as I do find that
    > many red wines don't pair well with lamb. Zindfandel seems to
    > overwhelm lamb and Cali wines with big oak also tend to do so for me.
    > I do like CdP with lamb though.


    Oh, I am surprised now. I share the idea that most red wines that I drink,
    go well with lamb, specially when thinking classic regions (to me, that
    means Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Chinon, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toscana and
    Piamonte).

    Actually, when I want to enjoy a really good bottle of wine from this
    regions, I end up with a grilled steak and/or roasted lamb. I even try not
    to add anything sweet (e.g. roasted vegetables such as leek, carrots, etc)
    because I find it makes the dryer wines taste sour.

    There is another category of wines, which are usually heavy on oak and bear
    higher alcohol levels, that I think can go better with dishes that have a
    sweet component, and plainly roasted lamb can usually be too soft a flavour
    for that wines.



  5. #5
    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: 2001 Font de Michelle CNdP

    On Mar 6, 10:53*am, santiago <m...@privacy.net> wrote:
    > lleichtman <larryleicht...@gmail.com> wrote in news:e038b785-7ad8-4db3-
    > 82f4-4d8af15a0...@o14g2000prb.googlegroups.com:
    >
    >
    >
    > > Your last comment makes for interesting discussion as I do find that
    > > many red wines don't pair well with lamb. Zindfandel seems to
    > > overwhelm lamb and Cali wines with big oak also tend to do so for me.
    > > I do like CdP with lamb though.

    >
    > Oh, I am surprised now. I share the idea that most red wines that I drink,
    > go well with lamb, specially when thinking classic regions (to me, that
    > means Bordeaux, Bourgogne, Chinon, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Toscana and
    > Piamonte).
    >
    > Actually, when I want to enjoy a really good bottle of wine from this
    > regions, I end up with a grilled steak and/or roasted lamb. I even try not
    > to add anything sweet (e.g. roasted vegetables such as leek, carrots, etc)
    > because I find it makes the dryer wines taste sour.
    >
    > There is another category of wines, which are usually heavy on oak and bear
    > higher alcohol levels, that I think can go better with dishes that have a
    > sweet component, and plainly roasted lamb can usually be too soft a flavour
    > for that wines.


    I could not have said it any better Santiago.

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