Friday, June 14, 2013

Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix

Lionel Osmin Pied de Perdrix 2010
Cahors, France

Pied de Perdrix -- translated as Partridge Foot -- is a long lost "cousin" of Malbec. According to producer, Lionel Osmin, this grape was rediscovered in the southwest of France and cultivated in the Comte Tolosan region.

While originally a French grape, Malbec has taken off as the most well known wine from Argentina. "So, how are French and Argentinian Malbec different?" you may ask. Generally speaking, the fruit flavors are the same. However, Argentinian Malbec will see more new oak treatment and have silky smooth tannins. French Malbec on the other had, is vinified with less oak and allows for more of the local terroir to shine through, making for a more earthy, rustic wine.

Review: This dark, inky colored Malbec has nice flavors of blackberries and plums, along with a light licorice note. There are also hints of smoke, spice, and earth. The wine is completely dry, with a medium body and a short finish.

Pairing: Portobello mushroom parmesan.

Bottom Line: The lightness of this wine makes it ideal for a summer red. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2010
  • PLACE: Vin de Pays du Comte Tolosan
  • GRAPE: Pied De Perdrix (Malbec)
  • BOOZE: 13.0%
  • CELLAR: Drink now or hold for a few years

Where did I get it? Crystal City Wine Shop
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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