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Today's Wine Tasting Note

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Enjoyed the night after tasting the Château la Roque 1995 "Cupa Numismae" Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint Loup, this Montpeyroux made an intriguing compare-and-contrast. While the Pic Saint Loup was a robust and structured red, this Montpeyroux, in my opinion, shows much more of the characteristic herbal ("garrigues") flavors that form the trademark signature of Languedoc reds.

Domaine L'Aiguelière 1995 "Tradition" Coteaux du Languedoc Montpeyroux
Inky dark garnet color. Intense "garrigues" aroma, the characteristic herbal scent of Provence and the Languedoc, with a lovely floral undertone that my wife pegs as "dusty roses." Ripe, full red-fruit flavor, consistent with the nose; ripe and tart and tannic. Big and balanced, drinking delightfully now but showing the structure to hold for a long time. U.S. importer: Willett Distributing Co., Alexandria, Ky. (Jan. 13, 1998)

FOOD MATCH: Garlicky roast chicken.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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