Grapes: 50% Syrah, 30% Gamay, 15% Cabernet, 5% Fer
Background: Cotes de Millau is down in the southwest of France near Toulouse. This wine is made by a co-op of 11 wine makers in the town of Millau. The vineyards are upland plateaus crisscrossed by small streams. The climate is Mediterranean.
Aroma: The wine has a great aroma of cherry, a hint of raspberry and also a touch of pipe tobacco and freshly cut wood.
Pallet: The wine is pretty smooth and medium bodied. It opens with some juicy blackberry fruit, but then a slightly earthy spicy quality comes out. Although this isn't heavy, it has a really nice rustic quality to it; kind of like a cozy log cabin. It has acidity that is just strong enough to balance the fruit without being to noticeable. The tannins are pretty soft and not to prominent. The touch of earthy rustic spice is perfect for poultry and braised or stewed red meats.
Conclusion: This wine has a really likable honest up front character and definitely tastes like southern France. This is the quintessential French table wine. Drink it with roast chicken at dinner or a pasta salad or ham sandwich for lunch.
Available at the Freeport Cheese and Wine Shop, Oh No Cafe, and Black Cherry for somewhere around $13