Limoux, France. 14.5%
Another Domaine Philippine De Rothschild venture. This time much closer to home, in the South of France.
The back label says it is a mixture of Bordeaux varieties (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cab Franc) and Southern varieties (Grenache, Syrah, and Malbec). Though Malbec is no stranger to Bordeaux.
It is a successful wine. The grenache gives alcohol and sweetness, it a strident obvious grape variety. There is also a silkiness and the fruity chewy tannins of the South. Yet also some of the firmness of palate structure of Bordeaux, and oak style.
Nice. I wouldn’t want to drink this sort of wine often, but it is lovely Mediterranean blend – for Mediterranean food. Took the heat of 2003 in its stride.
Drink now and over the next 5+ years.