It has become a small trend for high quality wine makers in France to release non-AOC level “wine-geek”wines labelled either Vin de Pays d’Oc or simply Vin de France. The J.P. Chenet Cabernet-Syrah Vin de Pays d’Oc is not for wine-geeks… but it is a respectable assemblage.
Purplish/red in colour, this blend has a very attractive nose; floral and powder notes cradle the smell of freshly pressed berries. In the gulp the floral and powder disappeared into a mix of an acidy/juicy berry cocktail.
If you want to know if this a good wine, it depends on if your perspective: do you see a glass half empty or a glass half full? I am an optimist so I will say the glass was half full of good things, but acknowledge there is plenty of room for improvement.
Musical Match: This wine made me think of a song that posed the question of perspective, Pink Floyds Comfortably Numb. But frankly this wine doesn’t deserve a Pink Floyd tune… so here is one that I suspect was at least inspired by that famous tune. Silent Lucidity, by Queensryche. (I do like QR, but they are not Pink Floyd!). The song has a floral start but washes into something bigger as you ingest it. Enjoy!