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2011 Carmelle Comté Tolosan, France Malbec

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This French “country wine” offers notes of candied cherry, tobacco, assorted dark berries and herbs.

Varietal: Malbec Vintage: 2011
Brand: Carmelle
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About This Wine

Some of the most creative vintners in France craft “Vin de Pays” wines.

The reason for this is based in French wine law and tradition. In many regions of the country, the grapes that may be used to make wine are strictly regulated. It’s a way of protecting not only French wine in general, but the individual appellations in particular. It’s also why the French are so strident about making sure other countries do not appropriate the regional names.

The Vin de Pays (“country wine”) system is not nearly as restrictive, which means farmers may grow a greater variety of grapes, and vintners are free to craft cuvees based on what Mother Nature gives them in any given vintage.

The 2011 Malbec from Carmelle is a Vin de Pays wine from southwestern France that wouldn’t be allowed in Bordeaux, even though Malbec is grown in Bordeaux. It’s a delicious expression of a creative vintner.

About Malbec

A midseason ripener, it can bring very deep color, ample tannin, and a particular plum-like flavor component to add complexity to claret blends.

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Tasting Notes

  • Grape Composition:100% Malbec
  • Grape Source:Vin de Pays du Comté Tolosan, France
  • Aromas & Flavors:Candied Cherry, Tobacco, Assorted Dark Berries and a Hint of Herbs
  • Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2015
  • Food Pairing Suggestionbraised beef, or Cajun cuisine.

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4.5/ 5.0

11 Reviews

    Smooth very enjoyable.

    11/26/2012 Marilyn
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    very refreshing

    12/13/2012 rhoads
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    Very rich flavor with telltale sensation of caffeine. Love this combination.

    12/23/2012 Robin
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    Nice body. . . full of flavor.

    1/03/2013 Bill Lang
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    The wine was lackluster - I would not recommend it!

    1/08/2013 AV
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    Love this wine .Has a beautiful finish.

    2/16/2013 joe carson
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    Excellent, the best Malbec I have ever found. We will order more.

    2/27/2013 Bill Crowley
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    Exceptional! LOVED it! Smooth and no bitterness.

    2/28/2013 Debbie White
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    Excellent; very deep and subtle but not too dry.

    3/04/2013 Tim
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