Not posted for a couple of days been busy, and I am now worrying about ash clouds, will I be able to fly to work? Will the Lib- Tory pact hold? Is the moon made of cheese? Do I care?
Best thing is to have a little drinky.
But being a frugal gourmet I have to find something a bit better than supermarket plonk. Our favourite for every day drinking is Mr Jacky Marteau’s finest Gamay, preferably 2003, but that’s pretty well all gone, so on to 2007 which won 2 stars and the coup de couer from the Hachette Guide, and his Sauvignon has also obtained 2 star a ‘vin remarkable’. Two cited wines from 25 hectares , that produces in total only 40, 000 bottles, an amazing feat and one reason you won’t be seeing Jacky’s wines in a supermarket near you. In fact all of Jacky’s wines are excellent and are relished by us depending upon the food and the season.
Worryingly currently supplies are critically low, and by hook or by crook we need to find the Euro’s for a quick restock. One advantage of a visit is that I can check out the 2009 wines which are already been discussed as a great vintage in almost reverential tones in some areas in France. A field trip and report will follow soon.
Jacky Marteau’s farm nestles under the water tower that dominates the Cher valley at Pouille which is about 20K from our house, no distance in France. He and his family are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic about their wine, recently he has handed production over to the younger generation, but I am sure a watchful eye will be kept. We have taken numerous friends to buy wine at Jacky’s and many have been come back time and again.
The Touraine is not known for producing great wines, but it has earnt a reputation for producing very good and very interesting wines and Jacky Marteau fits into this category. Life is too short to drink bad wine, Jacky offers something special at the correct price and this frugal gourmet will enjoy every drop of it.