The Sour Grape

Domaine L’Ostal Cazes ‘Ostalon’ Minervois 2008

An interesting mature southern French red, ready for drinking now and on the lookout for a tasty pizza to accompany.

An interesting mature southern French red, ready for drinking now and on the lookout for a tasty pizza to accompany.

I have a soft spot for wines from the south of France and although the quality of wines can vary wildly in a region like Minervois (compared to more well know regions like the Rhone), when they get it right they come the closest to bridging the gap between old world wines and new. This has a deep ruby-garnet colour and a developing aroma of stewed red and black fruit (cherry, strawberry, blackberry, blackcurrant), black olives, hint of smoke, salt liquorish and leather. This has a bit of age on it and its really starting to show. On the palate there’s black cherry, blackberry fruit with pepper, soft integrated tannins and a hint of short crust pastry on the finish. In all honesty I think this wine has lost some of the intensity and fruit it had a couple of years go, but there’s plenty complexity to compensate, especially on the aroma. Still this is a wine for drinking now; perhaps not for everyone, but for fans of mature wines this is bargain at £7.99 full price from ‘The Mighty Co-Op’.

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