Two strong values from Domaine Sainte-Eugenie in Corbieres
My monthly expenditure on wine has largely been consistent over the years past. What has changed is that I no longer focus in on the price range of $15-$30 per bottle. I am counterbalancing an increase at the high-end by drinking more wine in the $10-$15 per bottle range. The two wines in this post from Domaine Sainte-Eugenie are two budget examples. The 2014 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, Corbieres is a forward wine to drink now. It has puckering acidity balanced by enough tannins and fruit to make this a slightly chewy, juicy wine. For $11 you get an honest wine that you may drink every day of the week. At $15 the 2012 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, La Reserve offers a marked step up in quality. Both wines are made from the same blend but the La Reserve clearly has better fruit and sees aging in French oak. It reveals more mature flavors which are delivered with great vigor. Fun stuff! These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.
2014 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, Corbieres -$11
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections. This wine is a blend of 40% old vine Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 30% Syrah that was aged in vats. Alcohol 13.5%. With flavors of red fruit and prunes, the tart start soon builds fruit through the middle. There is puckering acidity and moderate, grapey gentle tannins through the aftertaste which almost make the wine chewy. The wine becomes slightly juicy with air. ** Now – 2017.
2012 Domaine Sainte-Eugenie, La Reserve – $15
Imported by Robert Kacher Selections. This wine is a blend of 40% old vine Carignan, 30% Grenache, and 30% Syrah that was aged for 26 months in French oak barrels. Alcohol 13.5%. After an hour of air, the cream like aromas do not suggest the surprising amount of vigor this wine has. There are attractive, mature fruit flavors that lean towards the ripe spectrum. There is fine definition to the fruit in the middle, a little wood hint, and some oscillation between ripe and tart. A definite step up. *** Now – 2019.