Two French reds

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Two wines tasted recently, blind. I had the much easier one – is Cabernet Franc the most easily identifiable of the red grapes?  This was served lightly chilled and had a clear purple appearance, a ‘damp hay’ nose with soft fruits and some tannin. I guessed Loire which was correct. The wine is a Chinon from the Co-op, Domaine de la Noblaies, around £8. Very drinkable and recommended. (The other wine is in the next post.)

 

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Geoff didn’t taste this one. Another from the Aldi Lot series and one of the best. Gres de Montpelier is a comparatively new (2002) appellation which I don’t recall seeing before. This is a Syrah/Grenache blend, very pure, quite refined, lots of fruit, very drinkable and excellent value at £9.99. I bought two bottles  – grabbed one in mistake for another wine as I saw that rare thing in Aldi – an open till with no customers – and they were consistently good.

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