Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Wine Review: Domaine de Magnaut L'eden Gascon Rouge 2014


Thanks to Heavenly Spirits I'm reviewing two wines by Domaine de Magnaut out of Gascony, France, and three Armagnacs by Artez. This is the Rouge 2014, on Thursday I'll do the Rosé 2017, and on Sunday I'll be sipping on some Armagnac.

Paul Scott of Heavenly Spirits says: Domaine de Magnaut is a family owned winery in the Armagnac Tenareze region of Gascony. They also produce Armagnac and Floc. Jean Marie Terraube and his wife run the winery and four diverse vineyards. They harvest Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah (for rosé), gros and petite Manseng in all four vineyards. Most of their production is sold from the winery. They are Designated "vigneron Independant".

The 2014 L'eden Gascon Rouge has an ABV of 13% and is 100% Merlot, and you should know by now how much I adore Merlot! So let's taste some Gascony Merlot!

The color of the wine is cherry red with garnet highlights. On the nose it's just like blueberry pie, crust and all, with blackberries and vanilla and cinnamon. It smells like everything that I want out of a Merlot. But then you drink it and the acidity really takes over as the fruit turns tangy with tart cherries. cranberries, and vanilla. Then it finishes with tart cherries and cola, with a little bit of relaxing blackberry.

I don't know how much this wine will cost you, but their basic Domaine de Magnaut label looks like they're line priced at $12, so I'm going with that. Because of its overall profile, this is a nice French alternative to Chianti. What does that mean? Drink it with food for best results.

QUALITY VS PRICE RATING
Price: $12
Rating: 3/5 = Satisfying (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge by Heavenly Spirits for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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