Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle White 2009, Coteaux du Languedoc, France


Count yourself amongst the most knowledgeable wine lovers if you can name the grapes that go into a white AOC Coteaux du Languedoc.  My very trusty Hachette Wine Library Dictionary of Wine tells me that the allowed varieties are Clairette,Grenache Blanc, Bourboulenc, Picpoul, Marsanne and Rousanne.  Give yourself a star if you got more than two of those.  Don’t worry, I couldn’t have guessed even after tasting it.

So does the Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle White 2009 give me cause to run out and find more wines from the same region?  Maybe.  First of all, I am getting into the Red Coteaux de Languedocs with gusto this summer.

Not having any prior experience tasting white wine from this particular AOC, my Hachette guide (go get one, it is a great text book for French wines) Nose description was spot on with my notes. Apricot, citrus, garrigue and honey.

And the Palate notes were pretty close, too.  Very full with those citrus, apricot and honey.  My notes on the taste speak to the thick (not quite syrupy) mouth feel.  As a stand alone wine I enjoyed it, because it was different – but I am not sure if I would want to keep drinking it glass after glass.  Hachette talked about the ideal match being sautéed fillets of mullet or bouillabasisse.  I improvised with a pasta dished including a lemony simmered picata rock fish (sebaste in French culinary lingo) and the wine really become an excellent dance partner.  Thanks Hachette!

To answer my question does this wine inspire me to try more whites from CdL? I will keep it in mind next time I am simmering a white fish in court bouillon.  And since it did correspond directly to typical descriptors of the the local style of wine it serves as great control candidate.

Musical Match:  This is a stretch but……  90′s “almost weres” Ween had a tune called Roses are Free, which was covered by the jam band Phish.  The lyrics, melody and harmonies of the song are quite sweet, bordering on syrupy like the Château Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle.  The original version by Ween never really connected with me, but with Phish… I started to dig it!

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