Appellation Côtes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Protégée, France
made from Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan; 14% ABV
$6 at the Berkeley, CA, store on 13 Dec. Likely also still at Richmond.
I didn’t get this wine for a little bit because I couldn’t recall the vintage of the previous Bertrand Tautavel I reviewed. However, I finally looked up that it was the 2006, and, strange circumstances aside, I seemed to have liked it reasonably well. Thus, I got a bottle yesterday.
The wine had an initial gentle nose of dark fruit and musty earth. The palate showed a complex of soft, ripe briary (a Parkerism, yes?) fruit of blackberry / boysenberry / black raspberry, black cherry, purple grape, light earthy caramel, a little clove, and soft tannin. The wine was good from first pour, but seemed to become a little more accessible and complex over an hour or two.
Longtime commenter Expat wrote: Deep, dark, brooding fruit (can’t believe I wrote that) [ed. note: also a Parkerism], dry with great structure and good tannins but still has chewy fruit. Lots of blackberry, plum and spice. Tastes French but with some New World leanings, maybe because it’s from a warmer region.
The next day, the saved single-glass, screw-cap bottle had fruit maybe a little redder than the previous night, but was otherwise very much the same.