jamie goode's wine blog: A delicious Languedoc wine, blind

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

A delicious Languedoc wine, blind

It had been quite a difficult evening (same old, older child), so as I was doing sentry duty after things had quietened down a little, Fiona brought up a glass of something blind for me to identify, and then enjoy.

I'm afraid I wasn't good on the identification front tonight. It was a really classy red wine, with smooth blackberry fruit and a bit of spicy structure, all in a very harmonious package. But it could have been ultra-refined new world, or sleek, modern-styled old world. It didn't taste Italian, nor did it taste terribly French or Portuguese, and it wasn't very Spanish either. So I opted for new world. Wrong. So then I guessed Languedoc, and was right.

I find wines like this, with no real sense of place, a bit unnerving. But I can't criticize it, because it is so beautifully made. Embarrasingly, I can't remember where it's from. I don't think it's Waitrose, and in the back of my mind I'm thinking Asda, although this doesn't seem right. If anyone knows, please share. Retail price would be around 9, which makes it good value.

Chateau Paul Mas 'Les Dons' Vinus 2005 Coteaux du Languedoc, France
A Shiraz/Grenache blend from 40 year old vines on clay and lime soils, with a bit of maritime influence, this is sleek and sophisticated. Harmonious, smooth red and black fruits combine with fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity to make a very stylish, modern red wine of real appeal. Warm climate elegance here. 89/100

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3 Comments:

At 10:42 PM, Blogger Justin said...

Sorry, no help on the location. Thank you for the great tip. Im on the lookout for some nice Languedoc wine. I will keep my eyes open for a bottle here in Boulder, CO.

 
At 2:56 PM, Blogger Dogran said...

Hi, We had a similar bottle (dont think it was a 2005) given to us as a present and loved it. I beleive is was from Morrisons (wine of the week/month?) but since we tried it (and loved it) we cant find it anywhere. The label on the back describes "We crafted VINUS from 30 year-old low yealding vines... blah...blah" etc. Ive got the back label but it dosent give any indication of year. Happy hunting.

 
At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Found in the sell off space in morrisons 5 somthing 3 bottles what an old type terrific wine .will be in toulouse area over winter my see if I can find maker
Les Gwern-y- Bwlch ( means the pass thru the swamp)

 

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