2008 Gerard Bertrand Cotes du Roussillon Villages Tautavel Grand Terroir
"I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food." ... W.C. Fields
It’s dark purple with brilliant edges on the glass. It really is beautiful to look at, but even better to smell: aromas of raisin and dark chocolate covered plums. A little sweet (for my taste), yet as it airs in the glass this dissipitates and becomes balanced with a smooth-velvety texture and silky mouth feel. It softens like an exquisite Amararone della Vallpolicela, but your taste buds will know the difference. What is this elixir, and could this possibly be available at the WineMizer price?
Happily, the answer is yes. The wine is Tautavel, made by Gerard Bertrand (Wine Enthusiast’s “2011 European Winery of the Year”) and – from Wine Spectator – “Best Value Winery from France.” Wine Spectator awards this delicious juice 90 points, and the Mizer awards it “4 glasses” based on its taste and affordability.
O.K., let’s get to the results: A delicious balance of plum, mocha, and melted chocolate, the last part especially noted in the long finish. The tannins will leave your mouth just a little dry but in a way asking for more. And sip more you will happily, each taste leaving a finish of plum skins and chocolate and spice. Is this an accident? It seems not. Wine Spectator awarded this same wine 91 points in 2007. The wine holds up to moderate aging, and if you’re lucky you might find the 2007 vintage available at your local liquor merchant.