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It’s Fall and there’s a chill in the air.  What better than a nice hearty Beef Stew?  Precisely what I thought.  Searching for a pairing, I needed something rugged, fruity, slightly tannic and perhaps earthy.   Enter the wines from the Languedoc.  Southern France produces some exceptional values that are downright delicious and don’t have the airs or the prices of their northern cousins.  The main varietal in this blend is Syrah, with near equal parts Grenache and Mourvedre balancing it all up.  It came in at 14% alcohol, which did not factor.

Dark purple in the glass, it had aromas of earth and black fruits.  On the palate; cherry, blackberry and cassis.  The earthy component was still evident but also some flowers, perhaps lavender came rising up.  There is a fine set of tannins lurking here, sitting quietly on the sidelines.  I wonder what this wine will be like in two years?  I reckon it may be worth cellaring a few to try it out.

I picked right.  Comfort food needs a hearty companion.  This wine fit the bill right on the money and didn’t break the bank at about $22.  87 points and 3 stars.  Explore the Languedoc if you have never tried them, fascinating combinations and great wines.  Salut….

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