Balance. For winemakers in Burgundy, finding enough sun is a perennial concern, and an unusually rainy year like 2016 can make life difficult. In the Languedoc, France’s southernmost region, the concern is just the opposite: how to harvest grapes with enough acidity to preserve freshness.
It’s no surprise, then, that our favorite Languedoc wines often come from high-elevation zones, where cool breezes encourage balance. Located high in the schist-laden hills of St-Chinian, the Clos Bagatelle is a centuries old domaine that makes delicious, refreshing syrah-based reds.
Crisp. Today’s offer is for Clos Bagatelle’s “Veillée d’Automne,” a majority syrah wine that also includes carignan and cinsault. The nose shows plums and dark fruits; the mouth is chewy and dense, with a hint of toast and a crisp mineral line that balances the ripe fruit.
This wine works well on its own at a cocktail party, but our favorite pairing is with something grilled. With July Fourth around the corner we have hamburgers and hotdogs in mind, but grilled vegetables and shish kabobs will also pair nicely.
BAGATELLE “Veillée d’Automne” 13
Ansonia Retail: $24
case, half-case: $18/bot
AVAILABLE IN 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
or call Tom: (617) 249-3657
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Terms of sale. Ansonia Wines MA sells wine to individual consumers who are 21 or more years of age, for personal consumption and not for resale. All sales are completed and title passes to purchasers in Massachusetts. Ansonia Wines MA arranges for shipping on behalf of its customers upon request and where applicable laws permit.