Saturday, August 20, 2011

Visit To Vino 100 Maumee Provides Trip To French Countryside

We hadn’t visited Vino 100 in Maumee for quite some time. Perhaps the perpetual road construction had something to do with it. We finally were able to return a few days ago to this popular wine bar and had a chance to taste some great wines.
Green Dragon opted for a red flight while I asked our server Nathan what visitors were raving about. He suggested the 1997 Domain de Chelin, Vin de Pays d’Oc. This is a French “country wine” from the Languedoc region. The Vin de Pays is a designation above table wine, but below the tightly regulated AOC appellations.This doesn’t mean the wine is inferior and it often means that you can find a great bargain.
Information on Domaine de Chelin is sparse, but the Vino 100 menu listed it as a Cabernet Sauvignon, which is a prominent grape in the Languedoc region, which is known for producing French wines with an international style at a value.
The 1997 Domaine de Chelin is drinking quite well now. It has delicate cherry flavor notes and a nice, if somewhat mild, berry finish. It is an elegant wine with some French finesse which I rated *** on a five star scale.
Green Dragon liked all of her four wine selections, but her favorite was the stylish Meiomi Pinot Noir from California. ***+ “second favorite” was the Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon, also from California ***+.
By the way, the ‘97 Domain de Chelin is available in the Vino 100 wine shop at a snappy price of only $15. It is certainly worth it if only to say to your dinner guests, “Oh, let me see. Yes, I think I have a very nice ‘97 to go with our meal…”
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