2009 Domaine Girard "Tradition" Côtes de Malepère

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Domaine Girard is a fifth-generation producer situated west of Carcassonne in the town of Alaigne, within the little-known AOC of Malepère in Southwest France. Here the silt and clay soils, altitude, and coastal Mediterranean influences temper the region's warm temperatures to allow for the development of fruit with concentration and character. "Tradition" is blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot that was all hand-harvested, and fermented and raised entirely in tank. Supple and full-bodied red, with fine tannins and a smooth mouthfeel, this is simply bursting with ripe blue and red fruit flavors that are accented by spicy notes on palate and the finish. This is a delicious, food-friendly red you can enjoy with traditional hearty dishes of the Aude - cassoulet, anyone? - or a variety of Mediterranean cuisine. 13.5% abv.

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Staff Image By: Mulan Chan-Randel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/26/2013 | Send Email
In terms of an everyday go to red, Domaine Girard's Malpere is for me the best the best of all possible worlds. No oak influence translates to fresh, clean cabernet franc and merlot flavors. If you love rhone styled wines and have an appreciation for Bordeaux, then this user friendly red from the hills of the Languedoc will no doubt knock your socks off.

Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/22/2013 | Send Email
If you ever get the opportunity to visit the magnificent double-walled 'medieval' citadel of Carcassonne in Languedoc-Roussillon, with many battlements dating back to the fifth century (but largely restored in the nineteenth), you will appreciate the long, historic struggle of man to erect a civilizing fortress of monumentally enduring proportions. Fortunately the gracious grape has survived and thrived in the region even longer, most likely first brought to the area by Roman soldiers. Domaine Girard, in the little-known AOC Malepère, currently produces wines that bridge the stylistic attributes of elegant Bordeaux and robust Languedoc, delivering fleshy, full-bodied, hand-harvested fruit made from 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Franc. Fermented and matured entirely in stainless steel to preserve the pure varietal character, this supple, generous red will complement most traditional dishes from herb-scented lamb to a hearty beef casserole.
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Alcohol Content (%): 13.5