Another consistently good Trader Joe's pick, the Pontificis GSM.
The Pontificis GSM is available exclusively at Trader Joe's for $6.99. It is imported by Latitude Wines.
Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon, between sea and mountain, from the three local grape varieties Grenache (40%), Syrah (35%) and Mourvedre (25%), 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.
Bottled for Badet Clement
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 while the quality can vary vintage to vintage, it's always been rated as at least a Recommended Buy since then. Read on to find out how this latest vintage measures up.
The 2019 Badet Clement Pontificis GSM Blend begins with 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 on mid-palate with some cola notes leading into the finish.
It ends dry, a bit grippy and much longer than it should for just $7 with cola and sweet berry fruit notes lasting for quite awhile. We found it to be even a bit better on day 2.
Always a solid recommendation and at only $6.99 you might as well keep a few bottles on hand! And for those curious, while it's similar in may respects to the Tenebres GSM (which is also a Trader Joe's exclusive), we found the Pontificis to be both a bit drier in style and a step up in quality overall which is well worth it in our opinion for just $1 more.