Chateau Mourgues du Gres 2009 Les Galets Rouge, AOC Costieres de Nimes, France


The Costieres de Nimes wine region is a tricky AOC to know what you are going to get when you bring a bottle of it home from the wine store.  Sea facing vineyards produce robust reds, and those on the other side of the hill facing the city of Nimes are fruity gulpers. One sniff and a sip and you will know that the Chateau Mourgues du Gres Les Galets Rouge is clearly a fruity gulper.

Smelling of a rich blend of boozy vanilla, garden herbs, strawberry and the inside of a cigar tube my nose tells me this is going to a great “farmer’s daughter” wine.  Tempting, unashamed by it’s lack of sophistication, more than willing to please, juicy, loose and with a promiscuous more than sweet attitude is what is promised.

The delivery doesn’t disappoint.  The wine get’s down to business with some forbidden fruit, served in bowl of luscious fresh picked ripe fruit, and a bowl of dark chocolate fondue for dipping.  That bitterness from the chocolate plus some of those herbs might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I like it.

This is wine is a blend of three varietals and the wine maker seems to have let the trio of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre roll out in their own direction, and trusted them not to ring out in discord.

Musical Match: Horace Parlan, a respected but not necessarily famous jazz musician from the hard-bop era lead three other accomplished jazz men to play a loose, but beautifully concerted piece called “The Other Part of Town.” Great Jazz, Great Wine.

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