Welcome to the Weekly Winedown. Each week I selflessly drink wine for you and offer a review.
Please don’t expect anything professional, I consume a lot of wine but I’m no pro.
The only real ‘rule’ I’m putting in place is that the wine is to be under £8 a bottle. #keepitclassy
Happy Friday folks!
Well this week has been an exciting one, for me at least.
Erica, The Incidental Parent, and I have launched a new group.
Rebel Femmes was created by women for women, a place where we hope to publish interesting articles by interesting people.
A site for wonderful women! If you’re a wonderful woman, get yourself there.
Anyway, we are very please with ourselves and tonight I will celebrate with another woman, of sorts.
Bienvenue Fitou Mme Claude Parmentier!
Fitou hails from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France – sunnier climes with a bit of a Mediterranen vibe.
Oh how I miss you so!
I’ll be honest, I’m hoping for a glass of joy to run alongside my currently, happy self!
This is a very modest looking label. Mme Claude Parmentier clearly isn’t the showy type. The label is off white with black text. It’s intentions are clear – to be wine. If this label were a business card, you would want to do business with the person who handed it to you. It’s so confident in itself it doesn’t need to show off. This label is quietly confident, I have high expectations. Yeah, I’m judging my wine by it’s cover!
As with the last few bottles of wine featured in the Weekly Winedown, the blurb is in two languages. Is that a new thing? Who knows! It means I can brush up on my French whilst drinking wine. Though my language skills oft improve after wine anyway…
“Raised on the family vineyards from where she gets her passion and her traditional know-how, Mme Parmentier works with love to create gourmet wines full of tenderness and typicity which are a reference in terms of quality. Thanks to her talent, her attention to detail and her involvement, Mme Parmentier’s wines cross borders with audacity, nobility and success”.
Basically the blurb is telling us that Mrs Parmentier grew up on a vineyard. She likes to make Fitou that tastes like Fitou. Her involvement and knowledge means her wine is great and noble.
It looks like someone used all their humility in the label and ol’ braggy pants appears in the blurb!
Let me judge how noble your wine is Madame!
OK, so it’s not awful.
A spiced/peppery scent that reminds me of warm summer evenings in France, it is pleasant to the nose.
Initial taste is tart plums but it soon mellows out into a soft, subtle spiced finished.
She may be a bit of a braggy pants but that Madame DOES know how to make a good Fitou!
Name – Fitou Mme. Claude Parementier.
Price – £7.99
Colour – Dark Burgandy red.
Smell – Summer spice with a hint of pepper.
Taste – Tart but smooth plums (oioi)
Goes well with – A Drama Llama daughter.
Overall score – 4/5
Aoife joined me for the Live tonight, I’m so sorry, normal service will resume next week.