I rarely get excited about opening a bottle of Bordeaux. It's not that there is anything wrong with it, but Bordeaux often bores me. That said, Im a lush, so if someone offers me a glass I will drink it.
The 2009 Chateau Le Puy offers something very unique and delicious from the small appellation of Côtes de Francs on the east side of Bordeaux. This merlot dominant wine is bio-dynamically farmed from a 16-hectare parcel of land that boasts an average age of 50 year old vines. The wine is unctuous and pleasing on the palate. It offers plenty of old world characteristics yet is showy, and most of all, delicious. Try it with lamb chops and a potato gratin.
Ossau-Iraty A.O.C. (Vallée d'Aspe maker)
$30 per pound
Ossau-Iraty is an extremely delicious raw sheep’s milk cheese from the French Basque. This cheese is important enough to have been given A.O.C. status, which means the French Government protects the area and production methods that make this cheese special. Namely, it must be made specifically from Manech sheep in the Ossau Valley in the Iraty Forest. Ossau-Iraty is delectable and, in my opinion, second only to Roquefort as the best sheep’s milk cheese in France.
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