When hump day hits there is something magical about a glass of wine. The magic also has to come at a reasonable price. To many, that means Yellow Tail, Barefoot or something like that. For me, it’s an opportunity to pop some French wine. Yes you heard right. I’m not breaking out the prized Pomerol but there are options.
To satisfy my mid-week wine crazing I reached for a bottle of 2007 Domaine De Nizas Le Mas. This wine comes from the value laden Languedoc. The wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Petit Verdot. This is a cool blend and offers a great change up for the tired and bored palate. Here’s the low down.
Color: Dark Purple-Black
Nose: Dark berries, bark yard, plums and dustiness.
Palate: Medium body with nice acid balance. The fruit is present but a tad over run by the woodiness. Licorice and fennel come out. The sugary aspect of the licorice and the savory vegetal fennel essence combine to make a great midpalate. The wine is also balanced and has focus.
Overall I enjoyed this wine. It will not go down as a classic glass of wine for me but it has character. It’s like a date with an interesting women that was enjoyable but the two of you just don’t click. The biggest joy I get from this Domaine De Nizas is it is true to itself. There is no fake-ness to the wine. It shares it sense of place and for the price it beats soooo many wines in the range. I was lucky enough to get this from Cinderella Wine for roughly $12. Yes pretty good French wine for under $15. Why not break out of a wine rut and experiment. You never know, the Wednesday Wine just might surprise you and become a sneaky Saturday dinner wine at a great price. Cheers!