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A shining star of the biodynamic wine scene in the Loire, Thierry Germain proposes a spring lamb shepherd’s pie to accompany the peppery, cinnamon spice elements of his Terres Chaudes cuvée. Chop the roasted shoulder meat finely and sauté with carrots, onions, and celery, plus some lamb fat and herbs to create a confit. Mash several potatoes, season them to perfection, and don’t go light on the butter and good-quality Comté cheese. Distribute the lamb confit in cocottes, top with potatoes, and pop them in the oven at 325°F for 20 minutes. At table, the deep ruby Cabernet Franc reveals a discreetly floral nose followed by a pleasant ripe fruit palate and a hint of eucalyptus.
|Vineyard:||45 years, 4 ha|
|Soil:||Clay, Tuffeau Limestone|
|Aging:||Aged on fine lees in 6000L or 1200L foudre for 12 months|
For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.