Top 10 Wines 2011 (#3) Domaine de Montrieux Le Verre des Poetes 2008
Last year, Lily at Dandelion Wines in Greenpoint, Brooklyn turned us on to our #1 (Terre Nerre) and #3 (Marcel Lapierre) favorite wines (high-five!)… Le Verre des Poetes is a wine that Lily introduced us to earlier in the year that we fell in love with.
Domaine de Montrieux is located in the Loire Valley, one of our favorite regions for interesting red wines. Le Verre des Poetes (or “the poet’s glass”) is made from 100% pineau d’aunis, a somewhat unheralded varietal typically relegated to blending grape status. This wine has plenty of fruit but also a wonderful earthiness/funkiness that makes it a great wine to pair with food. In the past year, we’ve had this wine with just about everything – charcuterie, risotto, pork, chicken, roast vegetables – and the list could go on. Incidentally, this might be the wine we drank the most bottles of over the past twelve months… and that’s saying something.
Also, for those keeping track at home, it’s a wine made via natural techniques with organically grown grapes.
For an AMAZING pork recipe to pair along with this wine, check out our post earlier this year.