Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Château Coupe-Roses Minervois Bastide

Château Coupe-Roses Minervois Bastide 2014
Minervois, Languedoc, France
The Mediterranean coast of France is a veritable treasure trove of deliciousness. You can find everything from bubbles and fresh whites, to rich reds and sweet fortified wines. And don't forget about the rosés!

The sub-region of Minervois is best known for reds made from Syrah, Grenache, Carignan, Cinsault, Mourvèdre. This red, the Bastide from Château Coupe-Roses, is made mostly from Cinsault and Grenache, with just a hint of Syrah. It's made in a mountainous area of Minervois, on rocky clay-limestone soils. When sipping on the Bastide, you can't help but think of the rustic terroir, strewn with garigue...

Review: The wine is vibrant in the glass, with purple hues and flecks of ruby. The nose shows rich red cherries and a touch of bitter black plum skin. The palate is dry with bright, fresh acidity, easy tannins, and a round texture. The taste is dominated by red berries, minerals, graphite, wild herbs, and a big hit of funky barn-yard-y flavors. Combine all that with a spicy pepper finish, and we have a fascinating glass of wine!

Food Pairing: The herbs, earth, and acid are a perfect pair with smoked Italian sausage and peppers over gnocchi.

Bottom Line: Great complexity and concentration. A little funky, but oh so much fun. And at around $16, a great value, too.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: 2014
  • PLACE: Minervois AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée)
  • GRAPES: Carignan, Grenache, Syrah
  • BOOZE: 13%
  • CELLAR: Drink through 2018

Where did I get it? Grand Cru Wines and Spirits
What's the damage? Mid Priced