Vin de Pays des Côtes du Tarn
You might be most familiar with the Gamay grape, which is synonymous with the region of Beaujolais. Here, it produces fruity, fresh, and attractive wines that are approachable and sought after. Although the grape can produce a range of styles based on the region and winemaking, in general we expect a lighter bodied wine with berry brightness. La Roq La Charlette partners Gamay with a more obscure varietal, Duras. Only grown in southwestern France, this ancient varietal adds some oomph to the wine. A stand out for its body and rustic character, it balances Gamay perfectly. We also attribute the deeper colouring and structure to the addition of Duras. Although rare and hardly known, Duras is established in Tarn - almost all the plantings of this varietal are located here, where it is used to produce the red wines of Gaillac. The grape Duras is not to be confused with Cotes de Duras, which produces wines of Bordeaux style. Enjoy this wine today, or by 2022. If cellaring, it could last longer in proper conditions. Watch for sediment in your glass and bottle, which is a naturally occurring bi-product of winemaking and harmless. To avoid sediment in your glass, decant, or simply leave the wine upright for several hours and pour slow, serving at 18 C.
We have all the warm and savoury fruit aromas in one sniff: from blackberry, raspberry, plum, and currant. The fruits are rich, concentrated, and sweeter, like jam curing on the stove.
We have a solid wine on our hands, with ample body, strong tannins, and good acidity. With all this balance, it allows the berries to showcase their fruity charm. A wine for all seasons, we like this with summer BBQ to winter stews. A versatile wine that will give you a rich experience, but affordable enough to enjoy any day of the week.
Tomato based dishes like cassoulet, or simple spaghetti and meatballs with homemade sauce.