2004 Domaine La Madura "Classic" Saint-Chinian (Elsewhere $18)

SKU #1050246

Saint-Chinian is an appellation of spectacular landscapes and sweeping vistas. One of the newer AOC regions, it was elevated to this status in 1982. Even though it is a newer appellation the region has some wonderful old vine sources, especially for carignan. Domaine La Madura's oldest vines are carignan and the varietal is one of the main components of the "Classic" bottling. It is made up of 39% carignan, 30% grenache, 15% syrah and 16% mourvedre. The wine has beautiful raspberry and plum fruit with a purity of lavender that makes you feel like you are standing on the precipice of one of those sweeping vistas. It is medium bodied with balancing acidity and has the classic spice and mineral tones that are a hallmark to this region and its terroir. The wine is also bottled unfined and unfiltered helping maintain that focus and purity. (Keith Mabry, K&L Hollywood)

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By: Steve Greer |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/12/2009  | Send Email
Here is a fun wine with a little bottle age at a great price. From Saint-Chinian in South-eastern France is a blend of mainly carignan and grenache. When the bottle was first opened it was all red raspberry but after 30 minutes it showed floral, spice and black fruit with enough acidity to go well with dinner. This a nice little wine for only $10.

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/22/2009  | Send Email
This carignan based rhone style blend is perfect for wining and dining this holiday season! A boquet full of rose petals, sweet lavendar, and plum fruit, followed by a subtle and silky smooth mid palate of figs and spice will leave your mouth feeling delighted and ready for more. I love this wine because its perfect for entertaining palates of all natures. From the experienced wine connoisseur to the recreational wine drinker, this feminine beauty will seduce and allure from beginning to finish. Perfect with Thanksgiving dinner, this medium bodied red blend is a for sure hit!

 By: Neil Maiers-Wine Expedition |  Review Date: 11/2/2009 
I was anxious to try this one... As soon as I gave it a pour I noticed its great, vibrant garnet color, and the nose jumped out at me- warm, complex and spicy with ripe, plummy notes. On the palate, lots of bright red fruit: berries and plums with a decent (but not overbearing) acidity and some of those warm, spicy notes underneath. Delicious and easy (like Sunday morn). I drank a glass with a roast chicken dinner and life was good. $9.99 rarely gets you a wine this tasty and complex. I'm going back for more…

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

Languedoc-Roussillon