April 2, 2008

Domaine de L’Engarran, 2005, VdP d’Oc, France

By Andrew Barrow In Wine Notes
Domaine de l'Engarran 2005 Vin de Pays d'Oc, FranceNot something you see much of in the South of France is Cabernet Franc – the grape and country of choice for this months Wine Blogging Wednesday. Rare enough to be interesting despite not being totally Cab. Franc; although the major component there is a hearty douse of Grenache with a smidgen of Syrah and Cinsault too.

Red WineWine Tasting Note: Domaine de l’Engarran, 2005 Vin de Pays d’Oc, France
Off the middle shelf at Oddbins for £7.99.
A weighty palate, tight gravelly tannins and a inky-berry led flavour. A touch of sweet fruit, especially on the finish with an edge of black currants. No hints of the leafiness/herbaceousness often associated with Cabernet Franc, perhaps due to the warmer growing conditions down in the Languedoc, but there is a touch of earthiness, another ‘sign’ of Cabernet Franc. Opens up nicely with an edge of something akin to roses or spiced rose petals. Alcohol 13%. The actual blend is a mix of 46% Cabernet Franc, 40% Grenache, 11% Syrah & 3% Cinsault.

Scribblings Rating – 90/100 [3.75 out of 5]
Gracing the label (you might just make out from my photo) is a line drawing of a lion devouring a bunch of grapes. As with the other wines from this estate this label detail is taken from statues and details from the house –

In the shrubbery of the “Allée des Lions” stands a sleek, proud and greedy lioness. This statue enjoying its grapes represents tamed strength (of stone… or wine?) and once again the alliance of wine and heritage in the spirit of Engarran.”

2 Comments
  1. Andrew April 3, 2008

    Andrew,
    Love your photo. What pie are you pairing with this wine?
    The label is just lovely. Too bad it is not available in the US.

    Reply
  2. Andrew April 10, 2008

    Pictured is a game pie (stunningly good from Oxford’s covered market) which I had cold with the wine. Better was a lovely steak and kidney pue (from the same market) – a lovely match.

    Reply

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