Domaine de Nizas is located in the village of Caux in the Languedoc area of Southern France.
The winery produces several red wines, one white wine, and one rose wine.
The 2010 Nizas Rose was a blend made up of 40% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre. The wine was aged for 3 months in stainless steel tanks. It carried an ABV of 13.5% and an AOC classification.
In honor of Languedoc Day on the 3rd of May 2012 (expertly pointed out to us by a fellow blogger. Thank you, Ernest!), I set out in search of a wine from that region. This rose was the only wine I could locate nearby.
In general, I am not a very, big fan of rose wines.
That said, this bottle was a pleasant surprise.
In February of 2012, Restaurant Nicholas hosted a wine dinner featuring 12 different wines from the Burgundy region of France. I had previously not been particularly fond of wines from this area. The dinner at Nicholas changed that.
Domaine Faiveley, founded in 1825, is located in the town of Nuits-Saint-Georges in the Burgundy region of France.
The 2009 Faiveley Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Lavieres was 100% Pinot Noir. This vintage was aged for 14 to 16 months in French oak barrels (roughly 30% new). The label stated ABV was 13%.
As a 2009, I drank this wine much too early, but it was difficult staring at it on each trip to the cellar and wondering if it was as good as it was at the dinner. I can now definitively state this was a great bottle. And this is one of their lower end wines.
Domaine Jacques Prieur, based in Meursault, France, produces red and white wines with grapes sourced from the Burgundy region of France. Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in the Cote-de-Nuits region of Burgundy.
The 2007 Domaine Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is 100% Pinot Noir. The wine was aged in oak (I’m guessing all French!) for an undetermined period of time.
I discovered this bottle in early February at a Burgundy wine dinner hosted by Restaurant Nicholas, in Red Bank, NJ. Pinot Noir has never been a favorite variety of mine, nor have I often chosen France over the U.S., Spain, or Italy.
The wines at this dinner completely changed my mind with respect to both Pinot Noir and French wine. They were among some of the best I have ever tasted. I was fortunate enough to purchase several bottles from different producers after the dinner.
The 2007 Jacques Prieur Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru is one nice bottle of wine.
Domaine Humbert Freres produces a Burgundy/Pinot Noir in the Gevrey-Chambertin region of France.
I found this selection at a wine tasting one month ago at a local restaurant. I purchased three bottles. I should have bought more…..