Saturday, April 30, 2011

Les Vignerons du Mont Ventoux Altitude 500 Parcelles Saint Nicolas Ventoux, 2007

When first opened and tasted alongside the 1989 Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas, this wine tasted relatively simple, as well it should. It's a young, inexpensive coop wine from a modest appellation.

It's a deep crimson, lighter than the Gigondas but brighter and clearer. The aromatic profile is similar--red raspberries with a background of pepper and spice. In the mouth, it's very ripe but with good raspberry acidity and a peppery finish that seems to broaden and deepen with each sip. Even on the second night, it's a very impressive wine for its price ($8.99)...or, for that matter, any price.

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