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