2014 Irouléguy Blanc
2012 Irouléguy Rouge “Sans Sulfites Ajoutes”
2014 Irouléguy Rouge
2015 Irouléguy Rouge
All from Domaine Ilarria - more info on the domaine is located underneath the Tour recap.
Today was the 2nd mountain day and the first day in the Pyrenees. Once again the Peloton didn’t pass through any AOC’s so we headed a little further west into Basque country for today’s bottles. A rather large breakaway got away from the Peloton fairly early in the stage from which the final selection came as Simon Yates attacked four kms from the summit of the final climb. Yates then worked with Gergor Mühlberger and the Basque rider Pello Bilbao on the descent into Bagnères-de-Bigorre to ensure they stayed away from the chasers, before outsmarting and out-sprinting his companions to take his first Tour de France stage win and complete his collection of Grand Tour stage victories (he already has won stages in the Giro & Vuelta). Bilbao came in second and Mülhberger had to be satisfied with 3rd “We work our wines as naturally as possible. Thus, all fermentations are made from yeasts and indigenous bacteria. No chaptalization, no désadification, or other chemical or technological intervention that can transform the original product. We only sulphitate our wines slightly, or not at all as far as our sulfur-free cuvée is concerned. It will automatically result in a difference between the vintages, the wine is ultimately only a reflection of the past year, with its various hazards, but the main characteristics are kept from one year to another.”
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Today’s stage wound its way from Albi down to Toulouse, spending most of its time in Gaillac, but since we already did that yesterday the first picture has some bottles from Southern French regions the Tour will not be visiting this year;
XO Bas Armagnac from @chateau_garreau
2013 Languedoc, “B815” from @domaineturnerpageot
2016 Coteaux du Languedoc, “Les Moulins de Mon Coeur” from @mylenebru
2015 Corbières, “Vox Dei” from @vieuxmoulin
2016 Minervois, “Les Fontanilles” from Domaine Anne Gros & J.P. Tollot @domaineannegros
2014 Faugères, “Jadis” from Domaine Leon Barral
2015 VdP Aude, “La Mariole” from @xavier.ledogar
Today it was a big sprint win for the “Little Guy” as despite some crashes and other problems in the last 10km the Aussie Caleb Ewan beat out Groenewegen, Viviani and Sagan to take the win by a tire width.
2015 Barossa Mouvedre & Merlot, “Sunday” from Tommy Ruff - @tomshobbrook
2016 Adelaide Hills, “Scary White” from @gentlefolkwine
2015 Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir, “A Forest” from @ochotabarrels
2016 Yarra Valley Cabernet Franc, “Ma Petite Francine” from @jamsheedwines
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2016 Rías Baixas Albariño, “PAI” from @bodegasalbamar
Fresh saline citus honeysuckle on the nose. Pleasantly mouth filling and full-ish with the good acid/minerality at the back keeping it from being cloying. Pretty ripe and giving for the grape. Goes well with cured fish and humid days, where even Zeus and Thor teaming up to bring a quick shower doesn’t clear the air of its heaviness. On BTG “Only the best Albarino grapes are used from different plots of at least 25 years old in the area of the Ria de Arosa. The vineyards are located on calcareous sandy soils and this is reflected in the wine. The wine is raised with a temperature controlled fermentation and is raised for 5 months. The Alba family owns about 2.5 hectares but also sources from about 10 hectares spread throughout the region. Their winery and land is close to the Atlantic Ocean, near the mouth of the Umia River in the heart of Galicia's Rías Baixas. Xurxo Alda, the bodegas' winemaker, wishes they owned more, but like their land, neighboring vineyards have been passed along from generation to generation. Working the land is a way of life. It's what people do with their free time. It's a lifestyle that money can't buy. Xurxo farms and makes sure his farmers farm as naturally as possible, as much as the region permits. Being by the sea, the threat of fungal diseases like mildew and oidium is always present. In the cellar, spontaneous fermentation with native yeast is a common denominator between all of the wines. Whether he works the lees or uses oak is on a wine by wine basis, vintage by vintage.”
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Well I took my personal rest day a day early so we’ll use the actual rest day (today) to catch up on yesterday’s action.
The stage wound it’s way just east of the Entraygues-Le Fel, Estaing and Marcillac AOC’s before finishing in Albi which lies just outside of Gaillac, where our 3 bottles come from.
2016 VdF, “Adèle” & 2014 VdF, “Rackham” from @laurentcazottes
2014 Gaillac, “L’Orée” from @domainedesterrisses
The day was supposed to be one for the sprinters, but some strong cross winds and some determined efforts by some of the teams competing for the General Classification (Yellow Jersey) caused echelons to form in the pack, breaking up the Peloton into smaller groups. Some of the GC favorites, Pinot and Port among them, got caught out in the chasing groups and lost time to their rivals in the 1st pack on the road, which came charging to the line over a minute and a half ahead of the second group on the road. At the line a young Belgian, with a background in cyclocross & in his first Tour, showed without a Wout he was in the Van and knew the Aert of the uphill sprint, as he beat out more seasoned sprinters to take his first ever Grand Tour stage victory.
P.S. if you want to hear see some cycling commentary that’s far better than ours you should check out @howtheracewaswon
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Bonne Fete Nationale
To start la Fete Nat we have a Pet Nat
2017 VdF, “La Roteuse” from @chateau.landra
For the Blue,
2016 Minervois, “Paul” from @domainedeshoms
For the white,
2016 Isère-Balmes Dauphinoises Verdesse from @mecle_persan_verdesse
For the Red,
2015 Saumur from @domaineguiberteau
While the Yellow still rests on the shoulders of Alaphilippe
2010 Côtes du Jura Vin Jaune from @domainebaudgeneration9
For the second day in a row it was one for the Breakaway, who built a lead in excess of 14 minutes before Daryl Impy, the reigning South African champion, and Tiesj Benoot broke away with Nicolas Roche on the final climb of the day. Tiesj then put in an attack that Roche couldn’t follow but Impy could. The duo then worked together until they got close to the line, where Impy easily out sprinted Benoot for a South African win on France’s National day.
2014 Swartland, “Kloof Street” from @mullineuxwines
2017 Western Cape, “Master of None” from @blankbottlewinery
2016 Swartland “Force Majeure” from @jhmeyerwines
2017 Stellenbosch Syrah Rosé “Tamboerskloof - Katharien” from @kleinood_farm
All of these are on the BTB list for your celebratory pleasure.
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