Variety: Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
Region: Roussillon, France
Cost: $15 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep garnet red. Aromas of black cherry. This wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage soils of the Roussillon area. Pair with a nice piece of beef or Mediterranean food.
My Review: I’ve gotten to try a lot of M. Chapoutier wines over the last few years. Some have really impressed me, others were just ok. So how did the latest one stack up?
In the glass, the wine was a nice garnet color, letting just a bit of light through. On the nose I picked up aromas of black cherry, which carried through to the mouth. In the mouth the wine was on the lighter side of medium bodied, and it had a nice clean finish that I really appreciated.
My wife and I paired the wine with beef stew that we’d cooked all day in our slow cooker. The tart cherry notes, lighter body, and clean finish were a great counterbalance to the heartier food; pairing it with meats is a great idea, but the lighter body also makes it a good pairing for a Caprese salad or other like foods.
I really enjoyed this wine, and for $15 I think it’s a great value. It’s definitely worth picking up, and as we head towards the holidays it’s certainly worth looking at for Thanksgiving and holiday parties.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.