2015-C Domaine Girard Rouge, Malepere, Languedoc-Roussilon, France

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2015-C Domaine Girard Rouge, Malepere, Languedoc-Roussilon, France

This Tradition Rouge comes from the southeast facing "Champ du Noyer" vineyard which is planted in clay, silt and gravel soil at 300 meters above sea level. It is a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc that was fermented and aged for eight months in stainless steel tank. The nose is all about the herbal, peppery, dried red fruit aromas one associates with these two varietals, especially Cabernet Franc, with a little something extra: thyme, anise and leather. Flavors on the medium-bodied palate suggest plum skin, cranberry and tart, juicy cherry while the wine ends with slightly chewy tannins and a good dose of freshly ground black pepper. While the importer calls this a 'classic bistro wine for steak-frites' and the domaine recommends enjoying it with the famous Cassoulet stew of their region, we happen to think it's a sublime complement to the Fleur Verte herb-encrusted goat cheese with which we've paired it for our cheese flight. It really is a taste sensation everyone should experience!

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