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Wine Pairing

Wines: 2018 Chateau du Breuil, “L’Anjou” Anjou Rouge, Loire, France
Regularly $17.99, Special Price $15.29

Cheese: Lamb Chopper, The Netherlands
Regularly $33.99/lb, Special Price $26.99

Those of you that have gotten to know the team here at the shop know that we’re really into Cabernet Franc. While the grape can be expressed in many different ways depending upon the region and the winemaker’s influence, it’s always aromatic, delicious but not overbearing on the palate, and incredibly versatile when it comes to pairing with food and cheese. Additionally, when grown in places like France’s Loire Valley, you (ideally) get a wine that is fresh and vibrant with cherry, cranberry, and spice notes with just a suggestion of woodland aromatics. A good Anjou rouge is the kind of wine that would be equally at home when served with a good burger as it would be with a roasted saddle of venison with elderberries.

This week we’re featuring something rather unique by offering the 2018 L’Anjou Rouge from Chateau du Breuil. This particular Anjou is actually made with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon to bolster the dark fruit and tannic backbone of the wine but the wine’s overall character is still that of a lively and spry red. What makes this wine just that much more special is thatĀ you can’t get it anywhere else but here at The Spirited Gourmet. One of our beloved vendors agreed to bring in a small amount of this for us and we got all of it. In short, this is a one-time only chance at this gulpably delicious red. My advice to you would be to buy more than one of these, as once you taste it you’ll already be thinking about pulling the cork on the next one.

The details: An organically grown blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the higher elevation plots comprised of clay, gravel, and schist soils. Manually harvested and fermented in concrete tanks before aging on its fine lees for 12 months in mixture of concrete vat and neutral oak barrique.

Lamb Chopper is a matured, gouda-style cheese produced in the Netherlands and sold under the Cypress GroveĀ label. Made from pasteurized sheep’s milk, this cheese is aged for 3-6 months to produce a paste that is deep and buttery in color with a smooth firm texture. The flavors are sweet and buttery at initial stage of ripening but develop an incredible sweetness of caramels and nutty undertones as the cheese fully matures.