2008 le Mas des Flauzières

This was the other half of the case along with the Kumeu River I reviewed a while back. It’s a Côtes du Ventoux, which is part of the Rhône Valley, and is their La Réserve du Péreyras offering which is estate bottled at 12.5% ABV. I was slightly surprised to find that the wine comes with a screw top, but that’s increasingly common for wines that aren’t meant for long-term aging, even from more traditional wine producing regions.

This is a classic Côtes du Rhône style wine. I would have guessed it’s a blend of syrah and grenache, but according to the estate’s web site they grow syrah and cinsault. It’s fairly light bodied and fairly dry on the nose, while the palette is tart, fruity, and medium-dry. There are notes of strawberry, blackberry, and pomegranate, with a long finish that’s slightly herbal and grassy. I’ve had it with a few different meals and the best pairing was unsurprisingly steak, though other red meat dishes also work well. While this isn’t a classic wine to cellar for decades, it’s drinkable and complex at a young age, representing a modern take on a classic French style. 90 points.

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