Friday, May 19, 2006

LaChasse Du Pape “Prestige” 2004 wine review by (PB)

I grabbed this bargain priced wine while down in “Bean town”--Boston for you who are not familiar with New England–and paid $7 for it.

It is a Rhone wine made from the classic Rhone grapes of Grenache, Cinsault, and Mourvedre. (Those grapes are pronounced Gre-nahsh; Sin-so; and Mor-ved)

The wine is a light cherry color on the pour with a refreshing though light fruit bouquet and pronounced dried raspberry nose. On the palate it is zippy with a burst of raspberry fruit and pepper. The wine is quite thin in both texture and flavor but hopefully will open with a little time.

With air, this wine is still light all the way around but has good structure. This is your classic red French table wine that is well made and inexpensive. It is so much different than American wines; subtle in almost every aspect or what is called the “Old World” style.

I like the New World wines with their assaulting flavors and eye popping aromas but they do get old and they start to all taste alike or they taste concocted rather than artfully vinified.. I have to have both worlds depending on my mood and pairing. We are having Braciole (pronounced, bra-sheeole)delightful Italian fare over pasta. The spicing of the dish may overwhelm this wine but I think it will be okay. If not, you'll read about it! Raise a glass, and more, at this price.

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