From a nice get together and dinner with friends a few weeks ago. Tried cooking lamb for the first time and it seemed to turn out pretty well. Also featured were; some Provençal tomatoes, roasted potatoes and some green beans. Made for a great meal to pair with some Rhone reds which were preceded by some sparkling and charcuterie and followed by some Pinot noir and dessert.
The Blomidon Late Pick Chardonnay sparkling and Terregaie Prosecco got things off to a great start with the charcuterie.
Once we moved onto the meal my friend’s bottle of 2013 Clos Saouma Chateanuef du Pape Omnia paired perfectly with the juicy lamb leg roast. Sweet, smoky and earthy on the nose, red berry fruit and smooth tannins on the palate.
The 2014 Domaine Du Coulet Cornas Brise Cailloux followed with a savoury, meaty nose reminiscent of Montreal smoked meat and bright red cherry on the palate. A little more tannin here perhaps than on the Omnia, which I’ve heard compared to aged Burgundian Pinot in its expression. The Cornas will probably show even better with a few more years but It was ready to go at this stage as well.
The Palatia Pinot Noir was the end of the evening bottle, with Pinot Noir generally being a crowd pleaser, I like to have a few bottles on hand to crack whenever. Palates were dull at this point in the evening but this German Pinot Noir fulfilled its purpose and made for an enjoyable after dinner drink with notes of red berry fruit with a touch of earthiness.
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