Steel the oak, then out comes a nice red

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Brand NameMaison l'Aiglon Saint-Chinian
Wine NameGrand Reserve
Vintage (Year)2007
Quality/GradeGrand Reserve
Wine ClassRed
Wine TypeGrenache, Syrah/Shiraz, Carignane
Alcohol %13%
Bottle Size750ml
Price$10 and Under
Site Rating8 (on a scale of 1-10)

Truthfully, I steer away from French wines just because of the attitude that the French are the 'end-all/be-all' in wine. This is not to say that they're not great at winemaking, nor that there are a ton of French wines that I love drinking, but I am more inclined to search out something different from another part of the world.

However, as the weather is changing, I find myself picking up more red wines than in the summer months. And in that, I chose to pick up a French wine made from Carignane, Grenache and Syrah. This wine show mild levels of tannin, and has a nice understated taste filled with dark plums and maybe just a little bit of raspberry.

It's perfect for someone that likes dry wines, and not bad for someone that can stand just a little bit of dry.


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