The Campuget 1753 Syrah has an SRP of $15 and is available for as low as $12. Imported by Dreyfus, Ashby & Co. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
Taking its name from earliest dated mention in a document found at the Chateau, this wine exemplifies the extraordinary qualities of the Syrah grape when planted on the right soil and climate. Intense and deep, the flavors are reminiscent of black currants, black berries and even cocoa. This wine has a great ageing potential. Serve with the very prime quality meat (lamb, ribs, steak, chops). Located in southern France, Chateau de Campuget produces Rhone wines of great distinction that truly reflect their sunny Mediterranean origin and unique "terroir of the estate".
Today's wine comes from the Costieres de Nimes which is the southernmost appellation of Rhone. It's right where the Rhone, Gard and Durance rivers meet, known as the Rhone Delta. Up until 2004 this area was part of the Languedoc wine region (another of our favorite places). It's a fantastic place to grow grapes with 2,700 hours of sunshine a year, very little rain June through August, gravelly soils and the constant mistral wind.
The 2013 Campuget 1753 Syrah begins with a very pleasant aroma full of blackberry, violet, hints of cocoa, coffee and mint. Tasting the medium-bodied wine reveals tons of smooth and silky dark fruit and lots of licorice. It's also a bit smoky and meaty just like you would expect from a good Rhone Syrah. More coffee and cocoa notes lead into the dry, dusty, chalky and very long finish.
See a listing of local retailers selling the Campuget 1753 Syrah here.