Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Great French Country Red!

What a wine! I had this fantastic country French red the other night with steaks on the grill - makes one wonder how can they make wine this good for so little money? Owned by M. Louis Colomer, Domaine de Rolland is located in the region of Fitou, the oldest Appellation in the Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France (and some argue the best as well). The region has a winemaking history that goes back as far as the Greeks, and is split into two distinct zones. The Coastal area is noted for beautiful beaches and the deep blue Mediterranean. The inland area (where the Domaine is located near the village of Tuchan) is dotted with ancient castles, limestone gorges and perfumed lavender, thyme and rosemary. The sunny and dry Mediterranean influenced climate creates a perfect environment for the Carignan, Grenache, and Syrah grapes that make up this wine.

The 2006 Domaine Rolland Fitou drinks WAY beyond its very modest price! Deep, and rich, with plumy dark fruit, hints of garrigue, the French term for the scent of the earth, landscape and terroir of the region. Underbrush, game and spices abound, it is full bodied but not heavy or cloying at all. Versatile and food friendly, you can sip this by itself, have it with grilled chicken, burgers, or steaks. Better yet, order a case, and when you come down to pick it up, stop by the Griggstown stand at the Farmers Market Saturday morning in Bernardsville, and pick up some Quail or Pouissins - perfect on the grill with this wine! Only $11.50 (on sale through Aug 16th or while supplies last). Unfortunately, there is only a limited supply so don't hesitate!

To buy it visit us at 56 Degree Wine and search on "Rolland".

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