Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Domaine de la Noblaie "Les Chiens-Chiens" Chinon 2006

This is another one of those "I wish I had waited to buy this" wines. Why? because I bought it for 17$ and K&L just marked it down to 11$. I guess that's good if anyone wants to pick up a bottle, but still, it sucks. My girlfriend will occassionally buy something at J. Crew, or Banana Republic before it's on sale, return with the receipt a few days later, and get the difference back. Perhaps I should do that with K&L, since this is the third or fourth time its' happened to me recently...

This is typical Chinon. Comes from limestone and flint soils, so this is probably a better piece of land than something on gravel. Mineral, earth, violet, and cherry. Lots of acidity. Nice poise and balance. The nose picks up a lot of spices by day two. Jerome Billard, who makes this wine, is my age, which is awesome (Dude, let's be friends.). This wine doesn't knock me out like the Baudry stuff, but it's a solid effort, expresses the terroir of Chinon, and is quite tasty. B/B+

5 comments:

CabFrancoPhile said...

Sweet, Chinon. Got a bottle of this (don't I always!) and have been holding off on it until I drink a few other Loire Cab Francs. The limestone and flint makes me think it may have some hidden magic.

And yep, I bought it at full price, too. Unless there's something I really want, I should just order in quantity when the markdowns hit. They're all done at the same time.

Jeff said...

Don't get me wrong, this wine is good, but I think it's more mid-level good than top end good. Agree with the mark-down sentiment, but eventually, the market we're in will disappear and it will be back to the "we can sell everything for full price" era. Perhaps the Loire won't be a part of that though. The Loire is sort of a recent--as in last couple of years--obsession for me, so I don't really know how prices have been historically. Good wines are way cheaper than from other regions though...probably what attracted me in the first place.

CabFrancoPhile said...

Mid-level good is fine by me since it's under $20.

I don't know about historical Loire prices, but it does sound like '05 bounced prices up a bit and they've stayed there. A weak US $ isn't helping.

Jeff said...

Dude USD is on a tear right now. With all the concern about the Euro-zone having to bail out Greece, Portugal and Spain, the Euro has been tanking relative to the dollar. Anyways, that trend will continue, although who knows if we'll get as close to parity as we were when the Euro was introduced...

CabFrancoPhile said...

That is interesting to hear. Maybe that explains the recent dip in the stock market. For some reason a stronger dollar has been correlated with Dow Jones free-falls recently. I haven't taken the time to figure out what methodology of financial betting/gambling this is tied to.