May 19, 2011

P'Nut Juice! 2009 Domaine Brazilier Coteaux de Vendomois

My buddy at ThirstySouth recently gave a bottle of 2009 Domaine Brazilier Tradition to try. The wine is a red blend from the somewhat unknown Coteaux du Vendomois in France's Loire Valley. Coteaux du Vendomois has been an AOC since 2000 and with mostly Chenin Blanc, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and some Gamay planted.
The Brazilier is an interesting blend of Cabernet Franc, Pineau Aunis, and Pinot Noir. As you can see from the pic, Thirsty South thought this wine smelled like boiled peanuts...and he was dead on. One of the stranger things I've smelled in a wine, but it was also mildly intriguing....if you like boiled peanuts. It was like the essence of peanutty-ness on the nose and palate, backed with some decent acidity and earthy red fruit. The wine is a decent value for $10 and it's always fun to try new things.

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