Pontificis GSM Blend 2011 – Trader Joe’s Week 2013 Wine #5

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A GSM blend for the masses!

50% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 20% Mourvedre from Vin Pays d’Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon, France.

Available exclusively at Trader Joe’s. Purchased for $6.99.

From the bottle:

“Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon, between sea and mountain, from the three local grape varieties Grenache (50%), Syrah (30%) and Mourvedre (20%), Pontificis is deep purple in colour, with aromas of spice, black fruits and herbs and a palate of supple, yet rich spicy fruit. It is a beautiful representation of the best of the South of France.

Enjoy at 64F with meats in sauce, mediterranean dishes, marinated game and cheeses.

13.5% Alcohol”

The 2011 Badet Clement Pontificis GSM Blend begins with pleasant aromas of dark red fruit, a few oaky notes, menthol and some light herbal notes. I also got a touch of heat on the nose which is surprising given this wine is only 13.5% alcohol. Tasting the wine reveals more dark fruit along with leather, tobacco and oak notes. It’s a bit rough but still quite good and enjoyable to drink. It ends dry with good length and lingering tobacco notes. Overall it’s a nice GSM blend at an even nicer price.

Wine in the Trader Joe’s Week series:


Taste Rating: 7              Cost Rating: 9
Overall Rating: 7.5

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