Meandering about my local wine warehouse shop, I happened upon a super budget friendly French Syrah. It’s not too often that I’ve seen an estate bottled French Syrah with a couple of years under its belt at such a low price point, so I dropped the Château Lamargue Les Grandes Cabanes Syrah 2008 into my basket. Château Lamargue is located in the southern Rhône Valley, where the native hunting huts “cabanes” lend their name to the bottle. In 2001 the Italian group Campari purchased the estate and installed advanced winemaking technology and facilities. Costiѐres de Nîmes wines come from small, traditional vineyards with limited yields, resulting in a ratio of one vine producing one bottle of wine.
Deep, dark red-violet in colour, after aerating comforting aromas of nutmeg and pumpkin pie drizzled in caramel curled about in my glass. Ripe blackberries with an undercurrent of subtle black currents thrived in the nearly full body. Spicy black pepper and fresh anise notes elongated the smooth, round finish. My roasted brussels sprouts with shallots, pecorino and lemon highlighted earthy elements and traces of toasty oak in each sip. Simple and elegant, this is an easy drinking glass that is fantastic on its own or at the table.
Costiѐres de Nîmes
Estate Bottled by S.C. Du Domaine De Lamargue, F 30800 Saint-Gilles
Enjoy now thru 2013