Situated in the Languedoc region France is the Minervois. The Languedoc has never had the shine or great “Ooh la la” value that some of the pin-up poster regions like Bordeaux enjoy. So if you are like me, you look to the Languedoc for great value wines – all substance and no flash. The Minervois AOC designation gives local growers virutally no limitations as a great number of varieties can end up in any Minervois AOC red wine. This can be a turn off for consumers who shop on varietal. Anything that pushes demand lower, pushes prices lower – so bargain hunters like me will always turn bargain sniffing attention in their direction.
So if you are willing to enjoy a great blended wine and not ask yourself it is Syrah, Grenache, or Mourvedre you might enjoy these two wines by the Domaine La Rouviole.
AOC Minervois Cuvée Nocturne, Red 2009
Still quite young at tasting time in spring of 2010 this French Oak barrelled blend is a slow-boiling red that shows some spicy notes. When you swish the wine around your glass, it won’t show you any legs. Upon tasting, it takes a moment to develop. The taste starts out like a toned – down Châteauneuf-du-Pape, but when the spicy nature comes out it takes on a life of its own. Check out The Rolling Stones “Tumblin Dice” The tempo betrays the swing and groove of a master track – just like the Cuvée Nocturne.
The Cuvée Sky 2009 from La Rouviole never grooves like Tumbin Dice. More minerality comes out of this blend. What you are left with is a wine that is as pretty as it beautiful – but still masculine in Character. This is a great organic red wine for date night – and Ron Sexsmith provides the soundtrack with “Whatever It Takes”
Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.