2005 Pascal Chiffoleau Chateau de Biran Pecharment: Round, gentle, good
sometime in july, 2011: this 2005 chateau de biran pecharment by vintner pascal chiffoleau is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and merlot (but mostly cab) and is 13.5 percent alcohol. my dad bought it in the dordogne, which is a region in the slightly southwest central part of france. i thought it was earthy and had somewhat of a berry nose. the texture was gentle and round, with minor tannins. a good bottle. my father's glass, which was empty, actually had more of a fruity nose than mine did when it was half full.
this column runs as "bottle by bottle" in the evansville courier and press twice or so a month. the focus is on wines, food and how they intersect. if i receive gifts, i'll tell you. photo credits are noted. i buy most of my wines from winetree, varsity liquors, schnucks, the fresh market, kwik liquor and winestyles (in evansville, ind.); big red liquors and sahara mart (in bloomington, ind.); vecchio's italian market (in newburgh, ind.); whole foods (in st. louis); and binny's (in chicago.) also, i do try a number of wines that i don't necessarily mention in the column, through travels to france and other markets (germany, hungary, italy, etc.) that don't sell wines i can find here. those experiences factor into my tasting descriptions, even if i don't mention them in the column, so keep all that in mind. i write the column to tell my readers in the evansville, ind., area what i consider to be flavorful, balanced and good-value wines for sale in this area.