Top 3 Anti-Valentine’s Day Wines

17 February 2016 | Articles

Since I am a great lover of wine, and of life in general, I have found great pleasure in recommending seductive wines to set the mood this Valentine’s Day, but I haven’t forgotten my wine-loving friends who have no intention of celebrating the holiday this year! I’ve come up with a small selection of wines that have nothing to do with romance to wish everyone a happy Anti-Valentine’s Day!

Domaine Georges Vernay – Condrieu – Chaillées de l’Enfer 2014


Particularly treacherous, the steep slopes of these vineyards make it impossible to cultivate mechanically, and was named “Hell” by the original cultivators. Playing on notes of stone fruits and apricot, the aromatic bouquet has a beautiful complexity. I was pleasantly surprised by the minerality in the mouth, with a light salinity. The aromas of apricot and peach show up on the palate as well, with a light and elegant finish.

Mas Cal Demoura – Terrasses du Larzac – L’infidèle 2013


The historical cuvée from Mas Cal Demoura, l’Infidèle makes homage to the founder of the winery, Jean-Pierre Julien, and his infidelities to certain winemaking traditions that forged the reputations of his wines. Vibrant and elegant, the nose evolves with fragrances of black fruits, garrigue, eucalyptus, and sweet spices. This blend of local varietals impresses me with the concentration in the mouth and its fine, round tannins.

Bruno Clair – Bourgogne – Marsannay Les Grasses Têtes 2005


« Les Grasses Têtes » evokes the thick clay soil in this vineyard, mixed with the long threads of limestone that run through it, called “grosses têtes” in French. With his particular, elegant style, Bruno Clair is one of the standard-bearers of classic Burgundies. Single-varietal Pinot Noir, this wine delivers a nose of red fruit, plum, and licorice. Powerful and tannic, I love this wine for the velvety texture in the mouth.

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