February 5, 2015 § Leave a comment
I had never heard of this wine before, but when I heard its story the cork dork in me got so excited that I had to buy it. Turns out this wine is a blend of 23 different grapes all found in the same vineyard, most of which were planted in 1905. Of the 23 different grapes, as many as 8 can only be found in this vineyard. It is also reported that most of the vines found in the Languedoc region originate from the this vineyard. This is the kind of stuff that makes the hair on my arms stand up. As much as I didn’t have the budget for it, I absolutely had to buy this wine, and I was hoping that my experience was going to more than just a taste experience. I was hoping for a wonderful hedonistic and cerebral experience… I’m very happy to say that the wine not only delivered on its cerebral promise, but also on a hedonistic level. Best Buy at $14.99.
Tasting Notes Sipping: The colour is a bright and deep purple. The nose is incredibly expressive. First and foremost are the red berries, dark plum and black pepper spices, but lurking in the background are wonderfully earthy tones along with fresh purple flowers. Given the number and nature of the grapes involved I was expecting a gamey awkward wine that only serious vinophiles would enjoy. The palate was both complex and full of fresh fruit and richly textured. Flavours of dark fruits, anise, pepper and spices, purple flowers; for $15 this wine way over delivered.
Tasting Notes with Food: I had this with a Carbonera style pasta (no cream, just olive oil some butter, peas, chicken and bacon), and it was wonderful. The fresh fruit flavours were incredibly expressive. The marriage of spices from the wine and the sauce worked beautifully. The wine and the food worked together in a way that made them better than the sum of their respective parts.
Value: The the value of this wine is in its uniqueness. At this price I think it provides great value but likely more so to those that are familiar with French wines and the wines of the Minervois-Languedoc region in particular. I would definitely trade up from entry level French, Italian and Spanish wines for this wine. Having said that if you are in the mood to explore a bit, by all means grab this wine.
Added Value: Clearly this has a lot of added value to Foodies, but this is all a great wine for the BBQ and Comfort Foods.
More To The Story: The vineyard and the winery associated was taken over by Marie-Claude and Jean Louis Poudou and we are the better for it. The vineyard had fallen into disrepair but this enterprising couple decided to bring it back to standard and make a wine that celebrates the whole vineyard and its history. There is only a few cases of this remaining in the province, so if you find it buy it.
Score: 9.0 – Best Buy
Service: Pull the cork and let it breathe for 30 minutes or run it through your Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator
a couple of times.
Grapes: Aspiran, Auburn (virtually extinct in France), Alicante Bouschet (Grenache & Aramon hybrid), Aramon (virtually extinct in France), Varousset, Clairette (white), Morrastel Bouschet (Graciano & Cab Franc hybrid), Petit Bouschet, Carignan, Grenache, Cinsault, Terret Black (relic of the ancient world), Lladoner Pellut, Bourblanc (white), Cardinal, Alphonse Lavallee, Italia, Muscat de Hambourg, Terret Grey, Unknown No. 1, Unknown No. 2, Unknown No. 3, Unknown No. 4
Store Section: France
Appellation: Minervois – Languedoc
Available: Spinnaker’s Vic West
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