We always look forward to evenings tasting fine wines in the Ely Bar and Brasserie Wine Caves. The sessions are offered every one to two weeks and focus in on a different wine region of the world. Last time we sampled Pinot Noirs from around the world. This time, our host, Ian Brosnan (sommelier and wine buyer for Ely's) shared a variety of wines from the Loire Valley in France.
A full house of about 40 people waited in anticipation for Ian to begin. The first few wines were poured and a sheet was placed in front of each attendee to capture their notes.
Off we go! The first three wines included a fresh and highly acidic Sauvingnon Blanc from Domaine Raimbault-Pineau Coteaux de Giennois; Lucien Crochet 'Le Chene' Sancerre (also Sauvingnon Blanc based) which was a bit milder with more stone and grass on the nose; and Domaine Breton Vouvray 'La Dillettante', a Chenin Blanc with an overpoweringly 'boggy' nose that was quite multidimensional on the palate.
We lingered a bit after many people departed and I noticed that most folks had left their tasting notes behind. I was a bit curious and had a look at some other people's impressions. It's amazing the range of scents and flavors that different people get during a tasting like this. Notes ranged from: a nose that smelled like 'shoe' to 'stone' and 'bog'. Notes on the taste included 'sour cherry','grapefruit', and 'honey'. One lad summed it up nicely though in his overall impressions: 'Lovely Stuff'. Indeed...