Part of the pleasure of being in the Center of the Wine Universe (New York City) is getting my hands on all these weird, cool wines I couldn’t sniff in Seattle. Like the 2015 Domaine Léonine Amédée.
It’s (primarily) Syrah from Roussillon. That would be the part of Southern France that cozies up with the Mediterranean Sea as well as the Pyrenees near the Spanish border. It is a “natural” wine (which I covered in an earlier post about a fizzy pink bottle with a label depicting a dude head-butting another dude). And the Amédée is a nouveau wine; the vintage is 2015. It’s bottled and sent to market pretty darn quick, like the much, much more famous Beaujolais Nouveau. And it goes through carbonic maceration (again like Bojo Nouveau), a winemaking process that adds a lot of fruity fresh fun to the mix.
2015 Domaine Léonine Amédée
But hold it right there. Put aside thoughts of tutti-fruity Beaujolais Nouveau. The Amédée is very easy-going (especially at only 11% alcohol), but it’s got some funk to it. A nice earthy, intriguing component adding some real sizzle. The wine’s a bit of a shape-shifter, too, which you’ll find as you work your way through each glass/the bottle. (Another hat-tip to Discovery Wines in the East Village for the recommendation. #discowine)
I also really dig the guitar pick motif on the vintage and as the “o” in the domaine name.
BTW, I moved out of my first apartment sublet in New York. Right now experiencing the ultimate NYC housing dream: living alone. A fleeting week in a quiet, cosy airbnb just a few blocks away from this mounted bear. (I also had a deer head in my room, FYI.)