Posts Tagged ‘Languedoc’

Golly Gee (S.M.)!

July 12, 2013

At this point, we know each other pretty well, right?

So…

What would you say if I told you that I just tasted one of my favorite wines of the year (so far)… and it was only SEVEN DOLLARS?!?!?!?!

First, let me show you what I made for dinner…

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Rosemary Chicken, Mushroom & Bell Pepper Skewers, and Grilled Cabbage Slaw

Now…

After Kara and I picked up most of our ingredients from our local farm stand, we swung by Trader Joe’s to get some organic, free-range chicken breasts.  While browsing the wine aisle to find the perfect pairing, I came across this bad boy…

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Pontificis 2011 Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre

Now…

You know that I am a big fan of Rhone-style wines.

You also know that I’ve been loving the value and quality of wines coming from the Languedoc-Roussillon in Southern France.

So…

When I see a seven dollar Languedoc composed of the popular GSM Rhone blend of Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%), and Mourvedre (20%), you know I’m going to be all over it.

But…

Does it deliver?

Hells to the yeahs, it does!

Note: I opened, and poured, this wine a good 45 minutes before tasting it.

Color: A dense, and inky, deep ruby red.

Nose: Beautiful notes of dusty chocolate with fresh strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry fruits.

Taste: Though young, this wine has a medium body of very soft, and approachable tannins.  The front palate starts off strong with dense and brambly fruits of blackberry and dark cherry, which transition nicely to a mid-palate of cranberries and orange zest.  On the finish, these fruits begin to raisinate, and show off a wonderfully long, acidic finish.

Score: Wow!  This wine is a strong 91+… And I almost feel bad scoring it that low.  My only reservation is that this wine appears to lack the ageability of a truly fine wine… But… C’mon guys… This wine is what it is.  This is a fantastic wine that is ready to be consumed right, the F, now… And the great part is that you can find this at your local Trader Joe’s… Right.  The F.  Now.  Of course, if you shop at my local TJ’s, you’re gonna have some trouble finding it.  I’m buying them all up.  Right.  The.  F.  Now.

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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Where do YOU find value?

April 23, 2013

Well…

The Languedoc has done it again.

I’ve long been a fan of this Southern region of France for its fresh, food-friendly, and inexpensive wines.

The other day, I picked up this bad boy from Bev Mo for 14 bucks…

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Chateau Millegrand 2008 Minervois Red Wine

Millegrand is an estate found in the Minervois appellation of the Languedoc.  This red wine is a blend of 35% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 10% Mourvedre.  It was aged for 12 months in French Oak barrels.

Color: Dark ruby red with a few rusty notes near the edges.

Nose: Nice and chalky (You know I love chalk!).  There are some nice sweet tobacco notes, and just a touch of ripe plum and blackberry fruit.

Taste: This is an earthy wine.  Forest floor, mushroom, and tobacco for days.  There are, of course, these lovely red fruits… but this wine is mad earthy.

Score: This was the perfect wine for a Tuesday night (which it is).  Pair this one with barbecue, pizza, or burgers, and you will be one happy customer.  Pick it up.  89

If the review doesn’t sell you, peep this photo, foo…

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Thumbs up, brah!

You know I love the Languedoc, but where do you find value?

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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