Tag Archives: Languedoc

Château de Montfaucon “Les Gardettes” Rouge, 2011, Gard, France

16 Jan

DSC03218The best values in French wine come from the southern part of the country, and this is really fun wine for the money. 50% Syrah, 15% Carignan, 15% Cinsault, 10% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache. A sandalwood note weaves through red cherry and currant fruit, backed by mineral and garrigue hints on the finish. $12

Mas Caranove Montpeyroux, 2010, Languedoc, France

14 Jan

DSC03192The warm Mediterranean climate of France’s Languedoc region makes it perfect for producing intense, richly concentrated red wines. Mas Caranove is equal parts Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Cinsault—a classic blend in southern France. Expressive, complex aromas of dark berry and spice carry through to the robust, deeply fruited palate. Great wine for winter barbecues. $8

H & B (Hecht & Bannier), 2011, Languedoc, France

15 Oct

009ORGANIC. Mainly Syrah, with Grenache and Carignan. Core flavors of red currant, plum and crunchy raspberry with notes of espresso and leather. The palate offers gobs of fruit that spill over into a powerful finish. Languedoc-Roussillon wines are diamonds in the rough, offering great value for the money. Pop the cork with some saucy beef ribs on a cool fall afternoon. $18

Blason d’Aussières, 2008, Corbières, France

15 Oct

008A charming blend of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Carignan. Supple and elegant, showing blackberries, spice and petunias. Perfect proportions of Mourvèdre and Syrah provide good structure for an approachable, medium-bodied red. Enjoy with lamb shanks and smoked eggplant. $20