jamie goode's wine blog: Cheap Carignan cheer

Monday, January 22, 2007

Cheap Carignan cheer

A plug for a really enjoyable cheap red wine:

La Difference Carignan 2005 Vin de Pays des Cotes Catalanes, France
A brilliant cheapie, with lots of personality, from the oft-maligned Carignan grape - which these days is being treated a bit more seriously by some winemakers. It's quite robust and structured, yet at the same time is made in a modern fruity style. There's some dense, spicy fruit with a fresh peppery character and a bit of cured meat richness. It's finished off with fresh acidity. It's not a wine that demands to be taken seriously, but along with the joyful fruit, there's far more seriousness than the price tag would suggest. It's a cheap wine that would satisfy people who understand and like wine. Very good+ 85/100 (Sainsbury 3.99)

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At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Doug said...

I'm presuming carbonic maceration for a wine of that style?

At 11:56 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

It doesn't say, but you'd think so. Although at this level, I quite like my wines rustic and tannic.

At 6:08 PM, Blogger Colin said...

I had this last month and thoroughly enjoyed it, thinking it great value for money. I wish I had another bottle as I think it would be ideal for a snowy and cold night like tonight sitting by the fire!

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would the fact that sainsburys actually have this at 4.99 rather than the 3.99 shown make any difference to the rating?


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