Recommendation: An OK syrah and grenache blend from France.
Grape Variety:Syrah and Grenache.
Geographic Region, Appellation: Coteaux du Languedoc, France.
Purchased From: The Britannia Restaurant, on board the Queen Mary 2.
Paired With: Pan seared peppered tuna with carrot stir-fry and rice.
He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, but so dark you can’t see through it, dark purple color with a gannet red rim. Damp earth, ripe fruit and a hint of alcohol in the aroma. Smooth, dry, dusty, dark fruit taste. Chewy, long, slightly bitter finish. Drinking alone before dinner it was dominated by the alcohol an hints of a metallic taste. It improved with each pour and was terrific with the tuna fish. In the end it was an OK syrah and grenache blend from France.
She said: This wine needs to sit and open up to be good. My first impression was negative partially because of the alcohol aroma and a odd metallic taste. Both disappeared and a very nice oak and berry flavor emerged that was very tasty with the tuna. As time went on even the body filled out and was complemented by pleasing tannins and a touch of tartness that lasted into the long finish.
Comments: This wine was purchased on board the Queen Mary 2 at restaurant prices. Unless we feel strongly about the price we will direct our comments at the quality of the wine recognizing that it should be possible to purchase it for (two or three times) less at a wine store.
Bar code: 3 170870 002293
Imported by: NA