Cherry and plum on the nose
Juicy, vibrant core of fruit on the palate
A touch of herbs and pepper on the finish
I've been on a wine journey through Southern France for the past six months or so and I've discovered that a lot of good value wines are being produced in the Coteaux du Languedoc, for example. While I was in a local wine shop recently, I came across this wine. It had a big write-up attached to it by a shop employee, praising the wine for a rich flavor profile, roundness, and tasty spices from the oak.
What? Maybe the tag was in the wrong place. This is not a rich, round wine with generous spices. In fact, this is a fruity wine with a youthful, vibrant core and a lean, herbal finish that makes me think of Grenache baking in the hot August sun on a dusty hillside in Provence. Oh well, it's still a decent wine and a good value. I paid $13 for the wine. Raise a glass!
You've been in Southern France for the past 6 months? Wow, what a life...
We just had a bottle of this tonight, and it was disappointing. It was robust and tannic, as many Languedoc wines are, but had a strong persimmon flavor and not enough fruit to counter the heavy foundation. I much preferred the Chateau Flaugergues 2003 Cuvee du Sommelier, which was cheaper.
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