Bourgueil is a French wine appelation in the Loire valley, which along with nearby Chinon is the best known Loire appelation for red wine, produced from the Cabernet Franc grape. The 2010 Domaine de la Chanteleuserie Bourgeuil "Alouettes", which I think I got at the Casa Sena wine store in Santa Fe, is fabulous. Imported by Berkeley's Kermit Lynch, always a good sign. The wine has spicy and slightly herbal elements typical of Bourgueil, along with some good fruitiness. Quite a bit of tannin for a Loire red, but not annoyingly tight... the tannins seem relatively loosely held, within a rather sappy, fruity, but not overly alcoholic or jammy, liquid. Delicious. Also relatively complex, with definite minerality and perhaps tarriness on the palate, and in the long finish carried by the tannins that stick to the mouth. Fairly harmonious, too. I would be curious to see how this evolves over the next 5 years---seems a good candidate for cellaring although definitely delicious now. The only Bourgueil (or Chinon...) I've had that comes close to being this good was in a restaurant in Paris a few years back... this was strikingly reminiscent of that. I will definitely be on the lookout for more. Increasingly I feel that numerical scores are silly, but I'll give this a 9 out of 10 as it's just plain delicious and full of typical Bourgueil terroir. Went pretty well with lentils cooked with a relatively mild example of a Ethiopian-style berebere red chili sauce, with sides of quinoa, and cauliflower. As always with spicy-hot dishes, some of the complexity of the wine is masked by the spice, but it was still a good combination.
Trivia note: the wine is named "Alouettes", meaning "nightingales", perhaps the name of a vineyard. The label features a bird, and some musical notes on the staff. And some care was evidently taken, because the notes are actually those of "Alouette, gentil Alouette".