In a vain attempt to save Homer Simpson the indignity of having my face pasted upon his admirable likeness, I thought one last dive into the cellar for a Cab Franc from the Loire was in order. With last week's disappointment I had nothing to lose, and I thought an unscheduled steak off the grill called for Cabernet.
The 2004 Charles Joguet Clos de la Dioterie (Chinon) is my second assault in a week on that untamed barbarian bastion of red wine, the Loire Valley. Deep dark purple in colour, freshly decanted this wine displayed a beautiful nose of blueberry jam. Warming up, it evolved more complexity, with flinty, leathery, earthy and attractive vegetal aromas. Some spice, nutmeg and cinnamon as well - very nice. The deep colouring was misleading, as the palate was light-medium bodied, with nice (but not overpowering) tannins. Very elegant, with crisp acidity and nice tannins, it made me think of gamay (Cru Beaujolais) for some strange reason. Well balanced with a decent finish, this is good right now, or could age for a few more years. An excellent wine, made to measure for a grilled steak in a mild wine vinegar/mustard seed marinade. This week's experience was much more gratifying, and we happily gulped the whole bottle.
Price: C$33 (SAQ)
Dangerously close to a coveted 18+ JoeScore, this wine may yet save the JoeMan from a vindictive wine villain seeking to unveil his secret identity. Victory is mine!