Plaimont 2011 Colombelle L’Original ($4)

Côtes de Gascogne, France
60% Tannat, 20% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.5% ABV
Purchased 4/10/2013 at the Pinole, CA store

Plaimont 2011 ColombellePretty ruby color, ripe but shy nose with simple red berry-pie cherry aromas, soft and sweet palate. Little varietal character, sort of nondescript but pleasant. Slightly thin and hot on the finish, with a bit of astringency. Some airing yielded a little, blueberry, earth, and camphor in the nose. It’s not a bad quaffer but not very interesting. By day 2, it had opened up to yield a bigger bouquet of tea and faded roses, but it now had kind of a chalky, gritty feel on the palate. It was best on day 3, having smoothed out but also getting stale in the aroma department. You could do much worse for $4, but not a repeat buy for me.


5 thoughts on “Plaimont 2011 Colombelle L’Original ($4)

  1. lim13

    Finally opened my bottle of this tonight. I believe dluber got right to the heart of what this wine has to offer. My very brief notes: grapey nose reminds me more of a Beaujolais than the Bordeaux varieties in the mix. More red fruit than black; raspberry, pie cherry, red currant. Has some tannins from the Tannat, but it’s a bit thin in texture and does nothing for me.

  2. RGardner

    I picked up the rose’ version at the Lakewood store last week, same blend but 12%. Screw-top. Interesting, a white, rose, and red. I haven’t opened yet but warm weather this weekend = rose’ time.

    1. G.L. Pease

      For about a buckandahalf more than the dismal juice of Chuck Shaw, here’s a simple, fun table wine that actually has something going on besides Welch’s. There’s enough of the Tannat’s varietal character in the glass to make its presence known, softened by the civilizing influences of the CS and Merlot. At 12.5% ABV, it’s friendly and easy drinking, with nicely bracing acidity, a slightly brambly, pleasantly animalic, musky mid-palate and developing flavours of red and blueberries. The not-too-lingering finish delivers quiet but clear green-tea-like, slightly dusty tannins. Tannat is usually much more bold, and rarely so approachable at such a young age, so this expression is a pleasant and cheap introduction to the varietal, the Cab and Merlot on its arms to present it with some familiarity.

      This is no Madiran. It’s not a wine to ponder over and discuss, and it’s certainly not one to impress your friends with, but for an enjoyable entrée to the flavours of Gascony, it’s bright, tasty and quite quaffable. Spare it the absurdity of those ridiculous wine aerating contrivances, and just swirl it around the glass as you drink it, enjoying its development. What you don’t finish tonight, pour down the drain or dump into the Bolognese, unless you plan on drinking it with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and potatoes – the $4 bottle is cheaper than a glass of plonk in the local pizza joint, and the oxidation products, overnight, overthrow most of its rustic charms.

      Forget about the wine and cheese affairs; I’m laying in a case of this to guzzle, very slightly chilled, with friends during summer BBQs. Grilled chicken, sausages, burgers, potato salads…


      1. jimvan49

        I completely agree with you G.L. Pease! Great, fun wine tonight with vegetarian pizza. lim13 said more Beaujolais than Bordeaux and I agree. Drinking well popped and poured edging into fall 2014.


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