For some reason, French wines have been really elusive to me. Maybe it is because I've spent so much time in Italy, and am so fond of Italian wines, that I simply really never gave French wines the time of day. But I'm trying to be more open-minded now :) I've fallen in love with Sancerre and Pouilly Fuisse, both lovely whites that pair magnificently with food. I'm still working on the exploration of French reds. "Exploring" takes time you know.....lots of time.
French wines can be quite expensive. Though I would love to taste all the wonderful Bordeaux and Burgundy wines from the best houses; alas they are out of my price range. So, I've been searching for French wines from various regions that might be a little more affordable.
I've discovered that I love wines from the area of Vacqueyras which are usually pretty reasonably priced. This Southern Rhone area offers up blends of Grenache, Syrah and Mouvedre which are often quite delicious. They can run from about $15-$25, and can be a little hit or miss. But I like this one quite a lot.
I thought this wine was a real gem, and nearly cried when Costco stopped carrying it. It comes from Chateau Reignac which is located neither on the left or right bank of Bordeaux, but between...in the area called Entre-deux-Mers. The property leans toward the right side and therefore is heavier in Merlot. The blend is actually 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Though this wine was a little on the high end for everyday drinking (around $25), I wanted to drink it every day. I picked up a bottle as a "treat" every time I went to Costco, and found myself going more and more often. And then...it was gone.
I always tell my clients that we can talk about the aromas, and the flavor components all you want. But in the end, what matters is whether you like it or not. And if you like it, you have to know that all wine is of limited quantity. Next year, that "same" wine...may not be the same. If you love it, and can afford it, and have the space to store it properly; by a case (or two). Why didn't I heed my own advice?