First, the least favourite. This was the cab franc from Domaine de Matabrune. The wine had a really great colour, but an unpleasant (in my view) nose. The nose was 'backwards', which the instructor explained means that the earth and mineral smells come through first, and the fruit, flowers, spices, and herbs are subdued. I didn't enjoy that very much - the wine smelled like coffee grounds, wet leaves, and vinyl records. The palette of the wine followed the nose (so at least it was balanced) but that wasn't a good thing really. It tasted like cold tea - not iced tea, but that cup of tea that you had been drinking and then forgot about until you absent-mindedly took a big slug and discovered it had gone totally cold in the mug. Yuck. There was lots of green pepper in the taste, and cherry pits. Not even cherries! The instructor really liked this wine, but I don't think I would go for it in any situation where I had to pay for it. Apparently cab franc is an acquired taste!
|The Loire Valley Cabernet Franc - it was, you know, OK I guess.|
|Hugel Jubilee Riesling, from Alsace. Big time win!|