I had the great pleasure to have been invited to a private wine tasting hosted by Pascal and his partner, who are the owners of the new Luxembourg online wine shop MONVIN.LU. They had lovingly prepared food platters and selected six wines for my friends and me to try. Here is their story.
Not so long ago, they were students in southern France. They deepened their already existing passion for wine by visiting and discovering local winemakers. Then they had the idea to bring high quality wine from rather unknown small winemakers to the Luxembourg market. Most of these producers rely on organic farming, which is another important factor as to why they have been selected by MONVIN.LU.
Now to the wine tasting. We started off with a rosé, followed by two white and two red wines. The final one was a dessert wine.
Bandol by Dupéré Barrera | Provence
This rosé was produced through the rosé de presse technique. It has the right acidity – sweetness balance. Also very light and pleasant to drink.
Silk Trilogy by Domaine Saint Hilaire | Languedoc
This 100 percent Chardonnay wine had spent nine months in wooden barrels. Its characteristic is a buttery flavour.
Prestige by Château Virant | Provence
The second white wine was made from vermentino grapes. It was more acidic than Silk, with a flowery taste and it was the wine that made the biggest impression on us.
Enclos by La Terrasse d’Elise | Languedoc
The first red wine was made of 100 percent mourvèdre grapes. The result is a light, slightly scented and easy to drink wine.
Domaine Puech Lazert | Languedoc
The second red wine was a mix of Cabernet Sauvignon, syrah and mourvèdre. High in tannins, it takes three years or more to soften. This is a kind of red wine that is best served in a carafe after it has had time to breathe.
Quintessence by Clos Teddi | Corsica
This vermentino sweet wine went perfectly well with our dessert. It gave out a taste of ripe peaches and it was the perfect way to finish the wine tasting session.
MONVIN.LU kindly offered me six bottles of other kinds of wine to try at home. I will drink them one at a time, ideally share them with my family, and post reviews. A big thank you to Pascal and his partner. I didn’t expect to receive such a warm welcome and I was humbled by their generosity. And it’s wonderful to see how they get to make a living from their passion.
If you are based in and around Luxembourg, I strongly encourage you to have a look at the fantastic selection that MONVIN.LU offers. You can find wines that fit every budget and the great news is that delivery within Luxembourg is free.