Intriguing Red Wines & Weekend Rosés

I have to admit, we’re still pretty obsessed with the Coq au Vin Sandwich here at Bar Boulud. It fits right alongside all of our Lyonnaise Bistro-style classics (from tartare & charcuterie to escargot); but with a bit of a Bouludian twist. For the majority of the week, I’ve selected a couple of intriguing red wines to pour, with the heart of our style of food in mind. After all, even though it’s summer, we have plenty of guests who prefer Red, so I thought this was a week to appeal to them.

First up is a really fascinating (and delicious!) old-vine Cinsault cuvée from one of the longest-running Domaines in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The vineyards are high elevation (1,500m above sea level) with clay soil above a clay and limestone subsoil. The winemaker is Faouzi Issa, who trained at Rostaing in Côte-Rôtie as well as Château Margaux in Bordeaux. The vineyards are all organically farmed, and the reds are fermented in concrete with indigenous yeasts, both a rarity in this region. Thus, the result is a dusty, driven wine with body and intensity, yet freshness and elegance. Perhaps off-the-beaten-path compared to much of what we pour at Bar, but in my belief, perfect with our food.

Then we move onward to one of the great Beaujolais producers, Lapierre. Though Marcel has passed, his son and daughter have continued his tradition of making wonderful, fleshy Beaujolais. The ‘Raisins Gaulois’ is a younger-vine Vin de France (though most of the fruit is from Morgon). It is intensely drinkable and refreshing, but still retains a perfect touch of sophistication and structure on the finish. A wine meant purely to be enjoyed, and one that is perfect with Charcuterie.

For the weekend, I picked up a couple Imperials of Rosé from the Sainte-Victoire appellation in the Côtes de Provence. This is a newer appellation, one that fought for its AOC status for 15 years. All of the winemakers within the AOC practice Organic farming. The Negrel family has owned the Mas de Cadenet estate for 7 generations, and that experience and passion shows through in their wine. Rosé is 60% of their total production—they are certainly well-skilled in crafting a balanced example. Depth of fruit from a good deal of older vines is surrounded by a persistent, structured finish. Particularly special out of 6L!  

MONDAY (08/04), TUESDAY (08/05) & WEDNESADY (08/06)
Domaine des Tourelles,
Cinsault Vieilles Vignes, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon 2016

THURSDAY (08/07)
Domaine Marcel,
Lapierre ‘Raisins Gaulois’, Beaujolais 2018
Poured from a 3-Liter Jeroboam

FRIDAY (08/09) & SATURDAY (08/10)
Mas de Cadenet,
Sainte-Victoire Provence Rosé 2018

SUNDAY (08/11)
Comte Abbatucci,
Corsica Rosé ‘Cuvée Faustine’ 2016