Pic Saint Loup, Gerard Bertrand, Grand Terroir, 2011

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John brought this to dinner, a very mellow, fresh tasting blackberry fruity wine named after a mountain near Montpelier in Languedoc.

Gerard Bertrand, wine notes here, owns 6 wineries in the Languedoc (including Chateau l’Hospitalet / Maison Bertrand) and was once Captain of Stade Francais.

http://www.nj.com/homegarden/entertaining/index.ssf/2012/08/bertrand.html

http://blog.majestic.co.uk/gerard-bertrand-the-man-the-wines/

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Les Auzines “Hautes Terres” Grand vin du Languedoc, 2010, Corbieres

Les Auzines 140314

Reduces to €11:99 from €14:49 in O’Briens

Laurent Miguel is producing some good stuff and this price point is moving him up the food chain.

A lovely chunky Oaked Blend of Carignan, Grenache and Syrah from the Highlands.

Buy on offer.

Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

Summary

Country France
Colour Red Wine
Style Medium bodied dry reds (oaked)
ABV 13.50 %
Region Languedoc
Features Made from organically grown grapes, Oaked
Grape Variety Carignan, Grenache , Syrah / Shiraz
Food Match Duck, Fillet Steak, Hard mature cheese, Roast lamb/beef
Vintage 2009

– See more at: http://www.obrienswine.ie/les-auzines-hautes-terres-roug.html?___SID=U#sthash.RWh712UX.dpuf

Asio Otus NV

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The very smooth Long Eared Owl.

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah.

We offered this to the Collets and Calders at Dinner.

Sean like it. So did I, lovely mouth feel, slightly sweet fruit with a spicy hint.

Maker here

O’Briens, €15.99, now €11.99

We also served the reliable La Baume Sauvignon blanc

Gargantua Cotes du Rhone 2011 L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone

20130927-225021.jpgGargantua. Quite. I risked this in Dunnes, the hungry cherub Giant is a nice touch but they say never to judge a book by its cover which in this case I should have. Not all bad but quite a raw blunt delivery of alcohol, I felt.

L’Union des Vignerons des Cotes du Rhone is a brand of Cellier des Dauphins, a co-op of 13 producers. Maybe they didn’t want to put their name to this rough and ready product. Disappointing because I quite liked their Cru des Cotes du Rhone offering.

A stated blend of Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Cinsault

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Chateau Millegrand 2011 Minervois Languedoc

Millegrand F (Custom)

€11 in Dunnes. This wine is always reliable & enjoyable.

A blend of 30% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 30% Carignan and 10% Mourvedre according to the label.

Opaque in the glass – almost squid Ink coloured. Oak aged, good legs, vanilla nose with lots of fruit and lovely aftertaste.

You can read more about the Chateau Millegrand which used to be part of the Bishop of Carcassonne’s Estate, here. and is part of the BonFils “empire”.

Millegrand  2011 (Custom)