Bill Zacharkiw's Mid-Week Wine: Corbières — quantity and quality in the Languedoc

Need an inexpensive wine to get you through to the weekend? Here’s a suggestion with some notes about the grape that makes the wine.

The Languedoc in southern France produces more wine than all of Australia, and one of the principal motors of the region is the appellation of Corbières. Covering close to 60 square kilometres, it has a number of micro climates and soil types, as well as grape varieties. But the mainstays are carignan and grenache.

What’s a typical Corbières? Ripe red fruits, soft but gritty tannins and almost always an interesting herbal note. When I look for a value wine in France, it is usually not far from Corbières.

Corbières 2014, Fontauriol, Les Domaines Auriol, France red, $11.85, SAQ # 12700071. Classic blend of grenache, syrah and carignan. Great little table wine, and I mean that in the best sense possible. Juicy, ripe fruit, you can taste what each grape brings to the table. You get the silkiness from the grenache, dark fruit and a hint of olive from the syrah and the gibier note and tannin from the carignan. For under $12, great complexity and drinkability. Residual sugar: 2.4 g/L. Serve at 16C. Drink now. Food pairing idea: All-dressed pizza, white meats.

Source : Montreal Gazette