Wine Writing and Humour: This One is in Poor Taste
There is often an attempt when labelling a wine to create an amusing picture or an unusual name for the wine such as one of my favourite Australian labels “Ladies Who Shoot Their Lunch”. OK I think you can say that is obvious as with many Australian wine labels.
Now the French rarely get so ribald perhaps with the exception of “Fat Bastard”. I’ll spill the beans now and it is a wine called “La Clape” from esteemed winemaker Gérard Bertrand. You may know that the word Clap in English means gonorrhea. And Clap as a word might have had a reference to houses of ill repute in France called clappiers where chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease were quite high. I recall years ago in Quebec a large American multinational food company released its baked beans called “Le Gros Jean” which in local slang meant “Big Fart”.
No harm done as I am sure no humour of this sort was meant by Monsieur Bertrand!
The wine is a blend of Syrah, Carignan and Mourvèdre. It is purplish in colour. Lots of blackberry and big fat very ripe strawberries. Residual notes of blueberries and cassis.
On the palate it is somewhat austere with notes of blueberries, chocolate covered blueberries. The tannins are mid weight and the finish moderate. It simply lacks pizzazz and complexity. I’m not clapping to loudly for LA Clape!
Perhaps some ageing is called for.
I would say serve with simple herbed roast pork with parsnips, Brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes.
(Gérard Bertrand, La Clape 2016, Gérard Bertrand, Narbonne, France, $ 19.95, A.P. Coteaux du Languedoc, LCBO # 370262,13.5%,750 mL, Set The Bar Rating 87/100).