The Pontificis GSM is available exclusively at Trader Joe's for $6.99. Imported by Latitude Wines.
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.
We're big fans of both wines from the Languedoc and GSM blends so we were quite happy a few years ago to find this wine at such a low price at Trader Joe's. We first recommended the 2011 vintage and it's held up ever since, in fact, it may have even gotten better. Read on to find out more.
The 2014 Badet Clement Pontificis GSM Blend begins with very pleasant aromas of dark red fruit, a few oaky notes, menthol and some light herbal notes. Tasting the wine reveals juicy, sweet, berry fruit wrapped up in a smooth texture. It turns a bit oaky and leathery mid-palate and then some nice underlying earthy notes lead into the finish. It ends dry with cola, earth and sweet berry fruit lasting for quite awhile. A very nice GSM blend at an even nicer price. At only $6.99 you might as well keep a few bottles on hand!
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