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2012 Croquant Comte Tolosan, France ‘Rouge’

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Purple-blue in hue, this concentrated wine offers notes of black cherry, tobacco, smoke, blackberry, plum and caramel.

Varietal: Malbec Vintage: 2012
Brand: Croquant
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About This Wine

How different things may have been were it not for Phylloxera.

When the vineyards of southwestern France were decimated by that root louse during the 19th century, Malbec — there known as Cot — was the most widely planted winegrape variety. Once the land was cleansed and replanting began, the farmers had many options, and while Cot survived, it no longer dominated.

That ultimately turned out to be a positive development, because vintners began concentrating on Cot-focused cuvees — blends that brought out the best qualities in all of the grapes used, similar to the “sum-is-better-than-the-parts” approach of Bordeaux.

Today, Tannat is the preferred blending partner of Cot/Malbec, and the resulting wines present quite a contrast to the Malbecs made in Argentina. They’re often deeper in hue (think: purple-blue) and almost always earthier. Instead of an Argentine Malbec twin, the southwestern France version is different — and in the case of the Croquant “Rouge,” different is delicious.

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:Malbec and Other Red Varieties
  • Grape Source:Comte Tolosan Region of Southwest France
  • Aromas & Flavors:Black Cherry, Tobacco, Smoke, Blackberry, Plum and Caramel
  • Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels
  • When to Drink:Now Through 2016
  • Food Pairing Suggestionleg of lamb, or duck parmentier.

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6 Reviews

    its wonderful belying the fact that the wine is young. love the deep color and fresh bouquet. was oaked perfectly !

    2/25/2014 Charles Hufman
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    Delicious!!! A nicely flavored, smooth wine. I'd like some more, please!

    3/21/2014 Gail
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    Normally my wife and I do not drink French wines. However, we were shocked at the outstanding taste and full of flavors. One of the best wines out there. Will be purchasing many bottles.

    3/24/2014 Col Melvyn Hutt
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    More please!

    5/13/2014 Will
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    Delicious, great aroma, soft on the pallet. Great wine especially for the price. Will buy again!

    7/06/2014 David Allen
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