(Given my work schedule and travel this week, I’m a few days late with this post)
I celebrated the Steelers AFC Championship win over the Ravens at the hotel with a bottle of Le Telquel that I picked up earlier in the day during my visit to Terroir Natural Wine Merchants in San Francisco.
Le Telquel is made by ultra naturalist (i.e. – minimalist) Theirry Puzelat. For those (like me) not well versed in the natural wine movement, Theirry Puzelat believes ‘strongly’ in natural viticulture – organically farmed grapes, little if any added sulfites and indigenous yeasts for fermentation.
Telquel means “as it is” in French, and according to Dagan at Terroir, the telquel sounds a lot like the French word teckel – the French word for dachshund, hence the drawing on the label.
From the Loire region in France. $17.50 with a crappy synthetic cork. 12.5% alcohol. Gamay. A very ‘honest’ taste. Transparent purple color with aromas of cranberry, sour cherry, baking spice and sour candy. Subdued tannins with a light mouthfeel and tastes of more sour cherry, earth and slight raspberry.
This is an excellent, entry-level natural wine – pick it up if you can find it. Imported by Louis-Dressner.