March 29, 2011

Wine Review: Domaine de Montrabech (Vin de Pays d'Oc)

Domaine de Montrabech
Let's get started with the term Vin de Pays d'Oc.  The term means country wine from southern France. Wines from this region are typically blends of grapes, but are in a higher class than table wines. This wine is 42% Carignan, 26% Grenada, 18% Merlot, 8% Syrah, and 6% Cinsault. The wine has a wonderful ruby color to it and has pleasant aromas of cherries, strawberries and cinnamon. The opening has tastes of cherries, oak, currants and raspberries. It is a very round wine and is very soft on the tannins. This wine leaves your mouth with its wonderful flavors and makes you want another bottle.

Typically France is noted for its Champagne, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rose wines in the South and that is a shame. France has great growing regions and many great grapes in it and they should be enjoyed more commonly. I wouldn't compare this with a nice Pinot Noir from Burgundy or a Bordeaux blend, but it is still enjoyable. I give this wine an 89 and it is a great everyday wine. The truth is that this is a little bit better than a French table wine, and it is better than most upscale American wines. I am not one to say that France is the best wine country, but this sure helps that cause. Give this wine a shot and other wines that are Vin de Pays and Vin de Pays d'Oc. In fact, put aside the wine you often drink and reach out for something brand new.    
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