Thursday, March 11, 2010

Chateau de la Selve Palissaire 2005

This is a blend of 55% Merlot, 20% Grenache, 15% Cinsault and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Ardeche in south-central France - Couteaux de l'Ardeche to be exact.

I don't think I've ever had a wine from this region before - it's directly north-west of the southern Rhone appellations of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Lirac, etc. The use of Bordeaux grapes along with the more traditional Rhone varieties is interesting - and it produces a delicious wine.

It's initially soft on the palate, but after a deliciously fruity mouthful it's evident that it also has some good tannic structure. This is a really good wine - I guess you could say it's like a cross between a Rhone and a Bordeaux. It has the fruity ripeness of southern Rhone along with the cherry structure of a Bordeaux. Really good stuff.

Palissaire 2005
Couteaux de l'Ardeche, Ardeche, France

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