Paul’s Pick: 2010 Chateau de Pennautier

I am always on the hunt for a bargain, but with wine it can be challenging. I’m not willing to sacrifice my standards for quality just to save a buck, so I’m thrilled when a wine like the 2010 Château de Pennautier crosses my palate. I’ve never heard of the appellation Carbadès (pronounced Cab-bar-dezz) until now, maybe because it only received its own Appellation d’Origine Contrôllée in 1999. Located in the most western section of the Languedoc, it is a place where Bordeaux varieties slam into the Rhone, meeting in Carcassonne.

The wine is roughly

equal parts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec, combined with 20% Grenache and 10% Syrah. The wine displays the earthy, leafy character of Bordeaux when you first taste it, but then, once it breathes, the classic

spices and garrique, typical of the best wines from the Languedoc, surfaces to create a delicious combination.

The wine is perfect with grilled and roasted meats, rich poultry dishes such as cassoulet, and mild to strong cheeses. It’s always very exciting and gratifying when you can share a wine of this character, and then boast about what a bargain it is. Try it for only $12.99!

To order this wine please call 415.346.9870 or visit us online.

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