Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Mas de Boislauzon Chaussynette Vin de France, 2013

Mas de Boislauzon is an excellent Chateauneuf du Pape domaine, but this inexpensive wine is labeled simply Vin de France--not even Cotes du Rhone. The estate won't reveal where the grapes come from, but some have speculated that they may have come from young Chateauneuf vines. Actually, they could come from anywhere in France and probably from a less prestigious appellation. At any rate, someone has crafted a very good, traditional Southern Rhone wine.

The blend probably contains about equal amounts of Syrah and Grenache,  but, for me, the Syrah traits seem dominant. Deep ruby. Black fruits, anise, black pepper. Lush on the mid palate. Good acid lift (only 13% alcohol), and the finish improves throughout the meal. I bought this for about $13 from Folgarelli's in Traverse City; for that price, or even a bit more, it is an excellent value.

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