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Sunday, March 25, 2018

Wine Review: Domaine des Homs Clots de Pals Minervois 2015

March is Languedoc-Roussillon Month on!

Domaine des Homs Clots de Pals Minervois 2015

This month I'm taking a tour of the Languedoc-Roussillon in southern France from the comfort of my own home! I've got ten wines from the region; six from Roussillon and four from Languedoc. As you probably know, it's been rather difficult to keep this blog going lately so these reviews will be short and sweet.

This is the second to last wine for Languedoc-Roussillon Month and the last red! OH NO! It's better be good! This fella is from Minervois, which is just north of Corbieres (the previous review was of Domaine Ledogar La Compagnon Corbières 2015). Even with the Mediterranean influence, winters are harsh due to altitude. The AOC was established in 1985 and its red wine must be made of at the least 60% Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre combined, and then can add Carignan and Cinsault.

The 2015 Domaine des Homs Clots de Pals Minervois is 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah. A rather simple blend for so many classic and traditional options. However, that can be a good thing. The ABV is 13.5%.

The color of the wine is plum purple. There's a strawberry jam aroma on the nose can be noticed from a ridiculous distance from the glass. As you get closer there's also fresh tar, raspberry, and cedar. On the palate it's medium bodied, has a slippery mouthfeel, fine grained tannin, and well balanced acidity. There's flavors of blackberries, blueberries, strawberry jam, burnt sugar, and cola. It finishes with a flush of brightness to the fruit from the acidity on the sides of the mouth, tar, and cedar.

This is a jammy boy, and all of the Minervois I've had in the past have been much more herbal. However, I am not at all an expert at Minervois. Overall, expectations and past experience aside, I'm sticking it between Satisfying and Recommended for the price. But I bet the farm that if you give it a slight chill and pair it with barbecue ribs or barbecue chicken it would be FANTASTIC.

Price: $15
Rating: 3.5/5 = Satisfying / Recommended (what does that mean?)

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1 comment:

  1. I've also been focusing on this area. As you mentioned, several of the wines I tasted were more herbal, less fruit forward. So much to (still) taste and discover!



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