Wine Review – Nicolas Côtes Catalanes Grenache Noir

Domaine Lafage Grenache Noir wine bottleA nice Grenache Noir with notes of complexity that emerge over time…

Name: Nicolas Côtes Catalanes 100% Grenache Noir Vieilles Vignes

Vintage: 2013

Producer: Domaine Lafage

Region/Country: Côtes Catalanes, Roussillon I.G.P., France

Grape Varietal(s): Grenache Noir

Consumed: At home

Recommended By: LCBO

Cost: 18.95 CAD

Bottle Presentation: Clean, simple, and understated label

Appearance: Medium ruby red

Nose: Leather, sour cherries, currants, meat, and black pepper

Taste: Quite tannic with leather, earth/minerals, sour red berries, and hints of mint and licorice

Finish: Earth, prominent tannins, and alcohol

Overall Impression: It took some time for this wine to open. Earthiness/minerality and black pepper emerged after pronounced tannins and sour berries. With peppercorn steak, the black pepper and licorice came out, with some mint or menthol. With baked fries, the sour berries and alcohol emerged. It seems like a versatile red, but may be better suited to poultry or lighter dishes.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 84/100

Value: 4/5

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