When I was at my sister’s house this weekend, I stopped in at one of my favourite wine shops and purchased a few positively delicious looking bottles. During the process of rearranging and weaving them into my wine bar rack and supplemental racks, I happened to catch sight of Dupéré Barrera Terres de Méditerranée 2009. My husband and I went to Montreal in April for his hockey tournament and in addition to the many cheeses and teas I brought back to the States; I also hauled back quite a few bottles of wine. Terres de Méditerranée is the last bottle from that collection, and once I saw it, I knew I wanted to enjoy it with dinner.
Dupéré Barrera was founded in 2000 by the husband and wife team of Emmanuelle Dupéré and Laurent Barrera. They are considered to be “eco-conscious artisans” when it comes to producing their wines. In addition to their own old vines, low yielding vineyards, they have established relationships with local growers in order to source supplementary grapes. They practice organic viticulture methods, and are also now employing biodynamic practices. They add only minute amounts of sulphur, do not refine or filter; bottling is accomplished through gravity, not pumping, and is determined by weather conditions and appropriate atmospheric pressure. Their mission is to let “the natural character of the wine to speak for itself”.
Transparent cranberry-garnet in colour, after aerating aromas of blackberry and earthy almonds swirled about in the glass. Fruity cherry and plum flavours were supported by earthy leather and green tea tannins in the light body. Spicy white pepper and traces of roasted nuts comprised the moderate finish. Simple and pleasant, this is an all encompassing, complimentary table wine.
Winemaker’s blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Carignan
Vin de Pays d’Oc/Coteaux du Languedoc
Bottled by Dupéré Barrera
Enjoy now thru 2014