Sunday, March 1, 2009

Domaine Cazes 2005 Latour de France L'Excellence Triniac (France)

Back to some serious wine notes now. A busy weekend ended with dinner chez mom and dad. Roast beef is on the menu, so I decided to give a recently purchased French wine a go. This is a blend from the Rousillon region of France made up of "old vines" Black Grenache, Syrah and Carignane. The nose is perfect, as far as noses go. At first it was a little tight, the wine had made the journey with me from Niagara and was a bit on the chilled side thereby giving off nothing at first, but once it warmed and opened there was plenty of black cherry, blackberry and a touch of spice. The palate was even better, it followed the nose with lots of great cherry and spice, along with fine tannins that did not dry out the mouth, but instead added character and intensified the flavours on the tongue. In the end, it was smooth and luscious and went exceedingly well with the roast.

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