The Cellar: French Finds Under $20
Friday, June 08, 2012
The 10,000-acre sub-region of Saumur is located in the middle of the Loire Valley, one of France's most famous wine regions. The vineyards in this region cover the banks that run East-West along the river that bears
Domaine Lavigne is a small family affair. The Domaine’s main focus is Cabernet Franc with 90 of their 95 acres planted with Cabernet Franc. The rest, about 5 acres, is planted with Chenin Blanc. If you have never had a Chenin Blanc from Saumur, the 2010 vintage is a great vintage to try. It is a vintage loaded with acidity. Pears and melon on the nose gives away to fresh lemons, minerality and hints of melon on the palate. It ends with its trademarked acidity leaving no one to wonder what this is: a classic Loire Valley Chenin.
Ever noticed how some wines say ‘Vin de Pays d'Oc’ on the label? Well, the ‘Vin de Pays’ portion is a French term which translates into country wine and refers to the wines quality level. ‘Vin de Pays’ is a step above
The 2011 Flying Solo Grenache-Syrah is a typical Pays d'Oc. It is cheap, easy drinking and, by French standards, mass produced. It is made by value-focused Domaine Gayda, which sources its grapes all over the Languedoc. This specific wine is a blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah. Like I said, this is a very approachable wine. It displays very ripe red fruits on the nose, as well as on the palate with soft tannins and hints of spice. This $10 value goes down smooth, although lacking some structure.
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