A heavy smattering of snow and below freezing temperatures in the DC area this week sent us to the trekking to our local wine merchant for the warmth of red wine. Zins and heavy reds laden with 15%+ alcohol were high on our list to stock up on. Still our resident wine handler Kumar (@ Chevy Chase Wine and Spirits) recommended we sample a new favorite of his from Southern France, a simple bottle of red that was likely to pair well with the beef stew percolating on the stove.
A blend Carignon, Grenache, and Syrah (traditional varietals of the Corbières region) the 2011 Domaine Sainte Eugenie La Reserve served its purpose well offering up a satisfying bouquet on the nose and overall flavors that meddled well with our stew. Nothing overly complex but a great value red designed to be enjoyed with food.
Here’s my complete review:
2011 Domaine Sainte Eugenie La Reserve (13.5%)
Dark ruby red in color with wild berries, tobacco, anise, and mocha on a nose that gives way to a fairly dry palate with moderate tannins. Expands into rich but dry red fruits, their seeds, and touches of spice that linger pleasantly on the finish. An extremely approachable value priced red from Southern France. Decanting highly recommended.
Retails around $15
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