Sometimes it feels like I’m on a mission to try as many off-beat wines as possible, and in a sense I am. I’m just fascinated by the wines’ identities and expression of what they are and where they’re from. South West France produces some of my favorite off-beat wines, and this weekend I finally opened a bottle I bought months ago from South West France.
|2009 Domaine du Moulin Gaillac|
The wine is the 2009 Domaine du Moulin (yes, there’s a windmill right on the label) and it’s from Gaillac. I know I’ve reviewed wines from other parts of South West France, particularly Pacherenc and Madiran, and most often Cahors, but never Gaillac (stay tuned, because soon I’ll be writing up a Negrette from Fronton). The Gaillac is a blend of Syrah and a grape native to Gaillac called Duras. It’s a very unique wine, a fairly deep red color with characteristics of mostly red fruit including cherry, berry, some red currant and red plum, some spice including cinnamon and a hint of anise, and lots of pepper notes, some wood, and funky earthiness, an expression of its identity and terroir. The balance of fruit, acidity, and tannin is very good, giving it versatility and texture with a clean feel and a long finish indicating good quality. It certainly drinks better than a lot of other under $20 wines I’ve tasted, and I love how the characteristics of the wine come together to bring a unique result.