2010 Puydeval Red Blend

Year: 2010
Appellation: Vin de Pays d' Oc
Country: France
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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62% Cabernet Franc, 28% Syrah, 10% Merlot

2009 Copy from Wine Advocate, Just to give you an idea, 2010 is even better!!

"With apologies to those growers in the nearby Cabardes appellation whom I did not visit or whose wines I have not had chance to write-up for a Wine Advocate report, I take the liberty of singling-out oenologist-negociant Jeff Carrell’s 2009 Puydeval – a blend of Cabernet Franc with some Syrah and Merlot grown near Carcasonne – because it once again offers outstanding value such as I cannot over-look. (And yes, geographically this ought to have been reported on in issue 195.) Having enjoyed ten months rather than the full year in barrel granted its two predecessors, this hasn’t suffered. Scents of machine oil, cherry, and scrub on the nose usher in a palate of polished, even silken texture possessed of generously juicy dark cherry tinged with the bitterness if its pit as well as cocoa powder and pungent herbs. This strong-finisher should perform admirably for at least the next 18 months."

Winery Notes:
A distinctive blend crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel, Puydeval is based on Cabernet Franc, which thrives in the cooler microclimates of the generally hot Languedoc region of Southern France. This iconic, eponymous, and admittedly unusual wine has quickly gained a fervent following for its originality and for delivering outstanding value.

Tasting Notes: Big, rich, concentrated and intense. A ripe, polished and well-balanced wine, offering spicy aromas of black cherry and blackberry, with hints of anise, and just a touch of earthy character.

Serve With: A truly original red, it will complement most meals, especially pizza, elaborate burgers, grilled portabella mushrooms or lamb kabobs.