Synopsis, Our Opinion: An atypical Vin de France red blend.
Producer/Winery: Tom Lubbe; Domaine Matassa; Calce, France.
Grape Variety: Blend – Grenache, Grenache Gris and Macabeo.
Geographic Appellation,, Region, Country: Vin de France; Languedoc-Roussillon, France.
Price: $14.40 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Chicken stir fry.
Opened one hour before drinking. Clear, light ruby color with a lighter red rim. Strong and bold aromas of damp earth and wet wood with a background of cherry, raspberry and rosemary. Tart and zippy mouthfeel that really gave it vitality, light to medium body and a 100-grit texture. Somewhat subdued sour cherry, current and tart quince flavors. Overflowing with bright acidity, soft, but slightly grippy tannins and a medium length sour cherry finish. No sleeping violet here. This was a vivacious acidic and sour red wine. We thought it started with a dramatic bouquet, but it didn’t follow through with equivalent flavors and in the end we called it an atypical Vin de France red blend.
Alcohol Content: 12%
Closure: Aluminium covered 50mm Natural cork.
UPC Code: Not available.
Imported by: Louis/Dressner Selections; New York, New York.