At my local Fresh & Easy I picked up a Château de Calage Coteaux du Languedoc for all of $6 last week. Coteaux du Languedoc's are a blend of Syrah, Grenache with a touch of Mourvèdre, though the earlier vintages (1991 and 2007) from Calage apparently had no Mourvèdre content. $6 for a applellation Coteaux du Languedoc made me pause and think, what was wrong with this wine? So I picked up only 1 bottle, imagining poor storage, heat affected, or some other calamity.
Earlier this week for lunch I paired it with Amy's Cheese Enchiladas on Tuesday, Thai food Wednesday, and finished it off with fresh sliced cucumbers & celery with hummus today, and damn was it tasty! Smooth, but not lacking tannins. Dark and rich without being bitter or significantly oaky. Raspberries & cherry notes without being overly fruity. I'll be buying this in quantity going forward. Merveilleux.
Yeah, and once again, that dern guv-mint regulation and control 'raises it's ugly head', guiding French wine producers to make Consistently Delicious vintages available to global consumers.