70% Syrah, 20% Grenache and 10% Mourvèdre from 20 year old vines in Languedoc, France. The wine is aged in one, two, and three year old French Oak barrels for 15 months.
Sample submitted for review. SRP of $25 and available for as low as $17. Imported by Vintus LLC.
From the bottle:
"A rich, complex wine crafted from a mosaic of terroirs situated on the sun-blessed hillsides overlooking the Mas Belles Eaux.
Last week we highlighted the Arrogant Frog Pinot Noir, a wine so named because of the arrogant assumption that the Languedoc region in France cannot produce world-class wines. Today we've got another beauty of a wine from the Languedoc, this time a Rhone style blend from Chateau Belles Eaux, so named because of the freshwater springs on the property.
The 2008 Mas Belles Eaux Les Coteaux begins with an aromatic and pleasant nose full of ripe dark berry fruit (think plum and black raspberry) plus lots of spice. There's even a touch of coffee and perhaps a hint of banana. Tasting reveals more juicy ripe dark fruit and smoky spice wrapped up in a nice smooth texture. This wine is a very good example of a Syrah based Rhone style blend. It ends dry and long with lingering coffee and tobacco notes.
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