Wine Review: Mas de Gourgonnier Les Baux de Provence 2007
A “Red Rhone Blend” (a wine made from two or more traditional Southern Rhone grape varieties), this rustic French wine is a well-balanced, fantastic find! Consisting of 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Carignan, 20% Grenache, and 9% Syrah, its slight barnyard nose, common to many “old world” wines, also includes blackberries, raspberries, and candied scents. On the tongue, wild berries, raspberries, wood, herb, smoke, and a candied grape taste give this wine quite a unique-yet-well-integrated personality. With good texture and a medium body, this complex wine will pair successfully with virtually any meal. Its finish is excellent, being long, satisfying, and persistent; the intensities of the dissipating flavors are close to equal, which helps one better appreciate the counterpoint of flavors. Because of its age and complexity, this wine is best served decanted. A decanter like the Riedel Tyrol wine decanter does justice to this “old world” wine quite nicely. (Plus, you and your guests will be able to better see and appreciate this special wine’s beautiful, dark blue-red hue.) Though the prominent aromas and flavors are even better if decanted an hour before consumption, any length of time this wine spends mingling with the air helps to maximize enjoyment. Cheers!