Friday, December 15, 2006

Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle Coteaux du Languedoc 2003 Real Time Wine Review (NW)

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!


Anonymous said...

You've been in Southern France for the past 6 months? Wow, what a life...

Anonymous said...

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.