There are good things afoot in the South of France

09 Feb

Domaine Cazes “Alter de Cazes”, Côtes du Roussillon, France $19.95 LCBO #097576

When most of us think about French wine, the historic regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy usually jump to mind. Now we might need to add one more. There are wonderful things happening in the south of France! The vineyards of Languedoc and Roussillon are fast becoming one of the most exciting regions in the world. Unlike Bordeaux and Burgundy, these upstart regions are not saddled with the same traditions and rules that govern winemaking. Some of the most exciting and drinkable wines in the world are now being produced by a new generation of young and inspired winemakers. This week’s wine is a great example of this new spirit.

The 2003 Alter de Cazes by Domaine Caze is a well-made blend of the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre grapes. (Popularly known as GSM wines.) It has smooth flavours of blueberries, blackberry jam, and pepper. According to the winemaker, this wine goes very well with game meat…so everyone grab their shotgun! As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with an aged cheddar.

At $19.95, not only is this wine a great value, but it represents the tip of the iceberg when it comes to finding excellently priced wines from the South of France. I strongly recommend that you begin to discover what this great region has to offer by picking up a couple of bottles of this wine…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on February 9, 2009 in France, Grenache, Mourvedre, Red Wine, Syrah


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