Domaine du Gros Noré Red 2006, AOC Bandol, Provence, France

I really wanted to like this Domaine du Gros Noré 2006 red blend of Mourvèdre, Grenache and Cinsault.  You do not often see reds from this lesser known AOC anywhere on the market, and the grape varietal blend is right up my alley.   Discovering something new would feed my egotistical need  to present the world with something worth trumpeting. The wine was purchased at an SAQ outlet in Montreal recently, and given the 5 year old harvest, I decanted the wine at room temp for a bout three hours before open.


After that decanting I was surprised by how light the wine was.  Either it was too old and had lost it’s lustre, or was not yet ready for drinking.  Some aggressive glass shaking brought out black fruit, some cherry… so the nose gives the impression that maybe the wine still needs some ageing.


Into the gulp the wine is a bit boozy, some herbs (lavendar) mix in with this those cherry and blackfruit flavours. The fruit was intense and had lots of quality characteristics.  In fact, the wine was really quite good for about fifteen minutes.  After that it got a bit acidy, some green vegetable notes ballooned and it went from quite good to not so hot, pretty quickly.  Not corked, but something just didn’t seem right.  Wine like this proves a couple of things.  Following 100 point ratings is risky because wine is dymanic – not usually this dynamic – and secondly France better stop selling wine with such unpredictable windows of drinking opportunity, simply because all other old world and new world countries are beyond that, and for good reasons.


Musical Match:  Noel Gallagher wrote all of Oasis’s good songs.  He wrote Lyla which is the wine and music match to Marcel Lapierre’s 09 Raisins Gaulois, this wine blog’s most popular post.  I love Oasis, and man o man do I ever want to love Noel Gallagher’s new solo work… but, I am afraid his window of music making opportunity was cruelly short.  Listening to his new stuff, it has lots to like, but not much to love.  Listen to his “Death of You and Me.” It almost clicked with me… Truth be known, I like the song way more than the wine, but it sn’t as good as I hoped it would be – much like the Domaine du Gros Noré Red Bandol 2006.


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