Chateau Frances Millegrand Minervois 2014

I enjoy finding unique, food friendly wines from across the world. This little ‘diamond in the rough’ comes from the Minervois region of France which is located in Languedoc-Roussillon near the Black Mountains. This red wine is a blend of 45% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 25% Carignan, and 10% Mourvedre. Yes, this adds up to 105% so someone had a few glasses of wine before adding this up! But maybe that explains why all these great flavors are exploding from my glass at a 105% taste.

In my glass, ruby red in color with a nice, garnet rim. Aroma’s of dark forest berries, cassis, blueberries, tobacco, oak, and pepper spice. Medium to full bodied across the palate, soft, with a medium tannin structure. Full flavors of blackberries, ripe blueberries, earth, and a hint of tobacco. All flavors softly intertwined into a layered plethora of unique palate vibrations! On the second sip, more forest floor berry came through along with a notion of pepper spice and a lovely oak finish. The finish was shorter but the flavors leading up to it were very admirable. Pair with grilled red meat, pizza, burgers, tomato based pasta’s, and medium to sharp cheeses. 88 points and about $9.99 a bottle. WineSplashing!!

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