Sunday, July 1, 2018

July Wine Pick: Domaine La Tour Boisee 2014 Plantation 1905

During the summer the sales for red wines go down as the sales for white wines go up. As things get hotter, people want something refreshing and understandably so. I have met many consumers that only drink white wine in the spring and summer, and then only drink red wine in the fall and winter. Of course, there are many that only ever drink red wine or white wine year round. Myself? I don’t see how somebody could give themselves limits. I’m all for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc during a snowstorm, or a big robust Syrah during an August heatwave.

But there are reds that work better with the hotter months than others. The performance of Beaujolais-Villages and Grenache/Garnacha is enhanced with a slight chill (I said SLIGHT!) and they make for perfect summer reds. Pinot Noir is a lighter varietal and also a good option for the summer. But this guy that I have here is really different, and it’s a go-to wine for me this time of the year.

Domaine La Tour Boisee's Plantation 1905 is a blend from the Minervois region within the Languedoc region of France, and it's named after the year that the vineyard was originally planted. And, get this, there are 23 different varietals on said vineyard that go into this wine. Check it: Aspiran, Aubun, Alicante Bouschet, Aramon, Varousset, Calirette, Morrastel Bouschet, Petite Bouschet, Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache, Terret (Black), Terret (Gris), Lladoner Pellut, Bourboulenc, Cardinal, Alphonse Lavallée, Italia, Muscat de Hambourg and four unknown varieties. Yikes!

The color of the wine is purple. And just like it does every year, the aroma of strawberry licorice bullies its way out of the glass, leaving almonds, pencils, and sweaty socks to come out after it. But now there's also black licorice along with the strawberry licorice, something that is either new or I hadn't noticed before. In the mouth it's light bodied and high in acidity with fine grained tannin. All those aromas that I described on the nose are on the palate with the addition of plums, and damn is it yummy. Then it finishes with some heat, plums, and black pepper.

This is a must-try! Give this a slight chill and you'll be enjoying it all summer!

Price: $11
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself with my own money for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.
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