Buying wine because you like the name is usually as sensible as buying it because it has a cute label or a funky bottle. I bought Cuvee Elise because I have a niece called Elise and when she was little she could never get pencils or keyrings or whatever with her name on. I know how that feels, if you have an unusual name it’s always fun to find something with your name on.
I always looked out for Elise stuff in France, but I picked up Cuvée Elise Demi Sec 2004 Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan at Majestic in Leicester, which lacks a little glamour.
It was a pale lemon green with a bright blossomy aroma. It was off dry with medium acidity and reasonably low alcohol at 11.5%. I tasted light with citrus and peachy fruit taking over from the blossom bouquet.
It was surprisingly good. For £3.50 it was an absolute steal, perfect for summer picnic drinking, although it would benefit from a screw cap closure. The slight hint of sweetness and florality worked really well with the herby veg salad we enjoyed it with.
If you’re looking for a light and interesting alternative to new world chardonnay and pinot grigio for party drinking this summer, give this a go. It’s made by the same people who made wine for Richard. Maybe if I wait long enough they’ll make one for me.