Origin: Vins de Pays d'Oc, France
Taste guide: Full bodied, berry, currant and black cherry fruit flavours, unoaked
75cl - 13.5% - screwcap
Paul Sapin, originally a négociant, has over the past 20 years developed a reputation for producing some of the best wines in the Languedoc Roussilon region of southern France.
This wine is a blend of 70% Merlot from la vallée de l'Aude and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon from the warm soils of l’Etang de Marseillette. Merlot/Cabernet is the classic Bordeaux blend and this cuvée 89 from Languedoc expresses that tradition. The complexity, powerfulness and fruit flavours of the Merlot combine beautifully with the Cabernet Sauvignon, brought to perfect maturity by the warmth of these southern soils, bringing lass and finesse, spicy notes and silky tannins. The "Ma Sélection" range was the brainchild of Sapin's chief winemaker Vincent Charleux and is a limited edition - each bottle bearing his signature and individually numbered.
The colour is a dark garnet red. The bouquet and the palate offer sumptuous fruit flavours of blackberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. The tannins are well integrated and this fullish, powerful wine ends with a long and lasting finish. Yet another example of the quality of wines from the South of France.
As with the other Ma Sélection red, the winery indicates that this wine would age well and get better over time, so 3 years after its release it is drinking very well.
Was already great value at £5.75 - now even better at just £4.95 to clear the last few cases.