Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses Ventoux Rouge, 2009

Some Ventoux wines are getting downright pricey these days, but my favorites are all at the low end. Ventoux is the ultimate every day wine, and I'm not about to pay $15 to $20 for a trophy bottle that gets high Parker points. Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses is made by a cooperative, Vignerons du Mont Ventoux. They proudly engrave their initials--VMV--on the bottle, and they have every right to be proud.

Medium deep crimson. Cherries, pepper, Carignan (20%) spice and herbes de Provence. The peppery, spicy flavors are aggressive enough to add interest, but the wine really has an understated elegance that goes very well with every day meals centered on roasted vegetables. Classic Ventoux

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