Thursday, December 30, 2010

2007 Domaine du Dragon “Cuvée St. Michel”

I grabbed this bottle after seeing it several times as a recommended pick in the Perrysburg Churchill’s. I thought a Dragon wine would be a good choice to enjoy with my wife (whose blogging nickname is Green Dragon).  This French wine comes from Provence.

This is a Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre. The vineyards of Domaine du Dragon are on the chalky hillsides and so the wines have a dry minerality. Cuvee is a French term for vat or tank and in wine lingo, it usually means a special blend of higher quality.

This is a rich wine and the Syrah really came through with some earthy flavor notes. It is aged in French oak for 13 months and although not overly oaky, it provides a nice foundation for the wine. This was an enjoyable bottle, although a bit restrained – we wouldn’t have minded the fruit being ratcheted up a bit. I felt this wine would benefit from some aging. I got some subtle flavors of green pepper.

This is a quality French red for a nice price of only $19. The percentages of the grapes in the blend varies from year to year. The 2007 vintage is said to be outstanding, so this might be a good choice to pick up a few bottles and lay down for a year or two.

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