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Two Affordable French Wines

February 7, 2008 1 comment

I’m finding that there are many affordable French wines out there that offer satisfaction for a good price. Of the two I suspect the Montpezat has greater promise for the future.

2004 Chateau de Caladroy, Cuvee Les Schistes, Cotes du Roussillon Villages – $11
Chateau de Caladroy has a long history with the oldest building being a 12th century fortress. This is a Grenache, Carignan, Syrah, and Mourvedre blend. Ruby/purple in the glass with dark fruit on the nose. Red cherry flavors, medium-bodied, smooth in the mouth with fine tannins. There is good flavor but is not complex. I found it easy drinking and satisfying. A Vintage ’59 wine.

2001 Domaine de Montpezat, Cuvee Prestige, Vin de Pays d’Oc – $12
Domaine de Montpezat has been producing wine for over a century. It is now a 40 ha estate with 5 ha used to produce the Cuvee Prestige. The vines were planted in 1979 and 1983. This is a 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Syrah blend that is aged for 1 year in barrels. Darker berries and tobacco on the nose. A cool fruit rush that becomes mouthfilling. The tannins from oak subtly come out and finely coat mouth. The finish has the mouth-watering acidity and a good aftertaste. The wine is still young, it needs several hours of air or more age. A Robert Kacher wine.

Best,

Aaron