Deep purple, dark berries, and bone dry — 18 days ago
Vintage 2017 | made from 40% Cabernet franc 40% Abouriou and 20% Merlot. From the relatively unknown Côtes du Marmandais. The wine has a smell with hints of red fruit, predominantly minerals and also some cedar/cigarbox. Very quaffable wine with a velvety structure ánd character. Good effort! | Paired with a Tunafish starter and Risotto Porcini afterwards. — a year ago
Super cherry, juicy, California cab and Cab Franc love child... — 2 years ago
Strawberries. Dry. Pink lemonade is all too apt a name. — 2 months ago
Blueberry, cranberry, orange, and star anise. Moderate acid and tannin. Could stand a chill. — 2 years ago
Côtes du Marmandais, https://www.emilienjean.com/, 2017. 75% de Merlot et 25% d’Abouriou. Very pleasant and drinkable — 2 years ago
Fascinating red blend produced by Mas de Daumas Gassac coming from the St Guilhem-le-Désert – Cité d'Aniane IGP in the Languedoc region of Southern France. 🇫🇷
Mas de Daumas Gassac is known for its unique red glacial soils that are well-draining and rich in mineral oxides (iron, copper, etc.), helping to nourish but also stress (in a good way!) the approx. 42-year-old vines, which can enhance concentration of fruit character. It is also known for its philosophy of respecting the land it farms and honoring the ecosystem of the Gassac Valley. 🌳
When I say fascinating blend, I mean, look at the list of varieties comprising this wine, based upon the winemaker’s tech sheet:
76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Pinot Noir, 2% Malbec, and 4% rare grape varieties, including: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Montepulciano (Italy), Armigne (Switzerland), Arenie, Areni Noir (Armenia), Bastardo, Souzon (Portugal), Saperavie (Russia), Tchkaveri, Tchekavesi (Georgia), Brancalleo (Galicia), Carmenere, Abouriou (old French grape varieties) and Plavac Mali (Croatia). 🍇🍇🍇
👀This wine has a medium purple hue and noteworthy staining and tearing on the glass.
👃On the nose, it has youthful and robust, primary notes of ripe black fruit, such as black cherry, plum, blackberry bramble, also anise, violet, dried lavender, licorice,
pipe tobacco, also secondary notes of dark chocolate, nutmeg, and cedar. The intensity is medium(+).
👄On the palate, this wine is dry. It has medium(+) acidity, a full body, high alcohol (14.1%), and medium(+) tannins that are supple but very present. The intensity of flavors is medium(+) and more tart than ripe, but otherwise consistent with the nose. The finish is medium(+).
👏👏👏 This wine is delicious and could age for many more years, but even in its youth, it’s delightful, complex, and full of intense dark fruit character. — 10 months ago
Other worldly — 3 years ago