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Domaine les Grands Bois “Cuvée Marc” Rasteau 2011


Recommendation: Pair it with lamb and it’s an OUTSTANDING buy.

Winery/Producer: Domaine les Grands Bois, France.

Grape Variety: Blend: 50% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre and 25% Syrah.

Geographic Region, Appellation: Rhone, Cotes du Rhone; France.

Vintage: 2011.

Price: $21.60 (with 10% case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Paired With: Lamb bolognese

Tasting:

    He said: Opened one hour before drinking. Opaque, very, very dark ruby red color. Powerful and lush blackberry, blue berry, dark cherry and earth aromas. Really INTENSE, dry rich and chewy dark fruit taste with lots of smoke and leather that slowly travels across the palate into a smooth long dry earthy finish. This is a SPECTACULAR (in BOLD CAPS) wine and a perfect pairing with the lamb. And, sipping the wine after the dinner is just as good, but a little drier. In a few words…this was one of those MEMORABLE wine pairing dinners that I will never forget, and remember it was only a $20 bottle of wine and a home-made dinner!!! I rate it a Quality Wine and an Outstanding Value.

    She said: We don’t have lamb often but for my birthday Ray cooked a lamb bolognese that was out of this world and demanded a powerful, fill bodied wine. Fabulous pairing! Lamb has distinct and unique aromas and taste and this wine was complimentary to both. Overflowing with dark berry flavors and delicious tannins, this dry full bodied wine presents layers of enjoyment to the palate. Smell it or drink it, this wine is full of tasty treats from the first sip to the dry finish. It enhanced the lamb dinner far more than the $100 wine that we had with a similar lamb dinner at the Canoe Restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia a few weeks ago.

    Comments:

Alcohol: 14.5%

Bar code: NA