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Cahors, Saumur Champigny, and Tautavel


Despite the goofy Wine Spectator sticker the 2008 Gerard Bertrand, Grand Terroir is a completely enjoyable wine from the Cotes du Roussillon Village of Tautavel.  Perhaps due to the hillier terrain and higher altitude this wine has fine flavor and focus.  The 2010 Chateau du Cèdre, Cahors is, in a sense, elegant with complex aromas and flavors evocative of bitters.   It is best to leave it in the cellar for a few years.  The 2012 Domanie des Roches Neuves, Saumur Champigny has engaging aromas and texture in the mouth that adds to the physical pleasure.  I suggest trying it in the new year.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

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2008 Gerard Bertrand, Grand Terroir, Tautavel – $15
Imported by USA Wine West.  This wine is a blend of 50% Grenache, 35% Syrah, and 15% Carignan.  Alcohol 14%.  This wine responds very well to a few hours of air to reveal aromas of cherry and blue fruits.  In the mouth were very fine grained flavors of cherry and blue fruit which had focus.  This clean wine revealed its integrated acidity followed by minerals then ripe, spiced tannins.  *** Now-2018.

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2010 Chateau du Cèdre, Cahors – $23
This wine is a blend of 90 % Malbec, 5% Merlot, and 5% Tannat which underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged for 22 months in French oak.  Alcohol 13.5%.  The nose was evocative of a Manhattan.  In the mouth were firm, structured black fruit, citric acidity, and a subtle earth hint in the finish and aftertaste.  After a few hours of air this young wine developed a subtle, complex note of bitters which matched the elegance of the fruit.  This dry wine left drying tannins on the gum.  It is setup for aging.  **(*) 2015-2025.

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2012 Domanie des Roches Neuves, Saumur Champigny – $19
Imported by Elite Wines.  This wine is 100% Cabernet Franc sourced from 25+ year old vines which was fermented in stainless steel then aged for three to four months in both stainless steel and oak.  Alcohol 12.5%.  The nose was very finely scented with aromas of fresh cardamom.  In the mouth were black and red fruit which was a little more expansive on the second night.  The structure came out as did the flavors of cardamom and notes of pepper.  There was lovely texture and drying minerals.  Texture was the key.  *** Now-2018.

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