Friday, January 31, 2014

Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) 2008 Vin de Pays d'Oc Val De L'Ours

cotesVin de Pays is a regional, or country, wine category that falls below the more tightly regulated AOC designation in France. This French Cabernet-Syrah blend comes from the Vin de Pays d’Oc region in Languedoc.

Val de L’Ours translates to Valley of the Bear, but we found this to be a very accessible and enjoyable wine. No worries about a snarling wine with sharp teeth.

The color is deep and intense. This is a fresh and soft wine with flavor notes of plum and black cherry. It’s not overly complex, but it is rich and silky. The blend is 75% Cabernet and 25% Syrah.

Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) is known as a premier Bordeaux winemaker with history dating back to 1868 when Baron de Rothschild purchased Chateau Lafite. In 1999, they revived an estate in Corbieres in Languedoc to focus mostly on traditional grapes.

This is an inexpensive wine, but anything with the Rothschild name on it is worth a sip. Languedoc is a sprawling wine region in southern France on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Like I imagine the climate to be there, this wine is breezy, warm and comforting.

Rating: 2.5 of 5  Value: 3 of 5 (Based on price of $9)

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