Bordeaux, France. 13%
My first taste of 2005, this ultra cheap (2.7 euros) half bottle (with screwcap) is a dark shiny wine with magenta flashes. Obscenely young fruity aromas lead to powerful, if simple, flavours. I bought this to have a taste of the fruit from the “perfect vintage” and I have to say I’m impressed. My experience with cheap Bordeaux in the past has been mostly thin weedy wines. This is very respectable, and would beat many similarly priced wines of Southern France and Australia.
Drink in 2007.
Vin de Pays d’Oc, France 13%
A blend of Cabernet and Pinot Noir (hence the Vin de Pay appellation, the wine comes from near Nimes.
Very dense dark colour, with similar aromas. Baked, but dry baked, flavoured wine. I suspect the Pinot was added to lighten and give some acidity, probably successfully too. Not over the top, nor syrupy. One of the better wines of Southern France.
Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France. 12.5%
Red/orange colour. Quite nice aromas of rose petal, mixed with water. Coarse, dilute flavours of water and alcohol. Plain wine. Lacks vivacity and flavour.
Couteaux de Languedoc, France 13.5%
I know nothing about this producer or this wine. It has a soft minty nose, with a medium bodied palate, nice viscosity, I suspect some cabernet in the blend. Lacks grenache fruitiness – thankfully. Good table drinking wine. Not for ageing.
Collioure, France 13%
I’ve not heard of this appellation, it’s presumably somewhere in the South. The wine is a blend of Mouvedre and Syrah, and the back label mentions “eleves un an barriques”. It’s a sound wine, spicey, dry, ripe and full but without overt fruit or syrupyness.
Coteaux Du Languedoc. 14.5%
Weird tarragon, herby (mercaptan ?), slight smoky, and very dense rich touch burnt nose. And creamy rich palate. I’m guessing this is a blend that includes merlot or cabernet. It’s not unlike a South African or Californian blend.
Very interesting, and pleasing to see such diversity in this region. Though it isn’t my style of wine. Too baked, lacks elegance.
Young, powerful, bright syrah dominant (70%) blend. Hints of flavour complexity but is rather closed now. Serious wine from a region I know nothing about. expensive, 23 euros.