Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2009 Gérard Bertrand Saint-Chinian Syrah/Mourvèdre, and it’s a fantastic value!
I picked up this wine at my local Costco for $11.59. I’d love to tell you I didn’t expect much…But that simply wouldn’t be true. In my experience Costco does a fine job of stocking wines that over deliver for the price. It also helped that I’ve had good experience with a few other wines from importer Gérard Betrand, a leading winemaker, producer and grower in the South of France.
He owns seven vineyards in the Languedoc-Roussillion region. Betrand operates from the Château l’Hospitalet, a renowed 38 room hotel room/wine estate. He produces a variety of wines for different markets.
This wine is sourced from fruit in the Saint-Chinian region of the Languedoc. I50-50 blend of Syrah and Mourvèdre
My tasting notes follow:
Opaque black red color with appealing black fruit, tobacco, spice, licorice, and a whiff of eucalyptus aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied, and fresh with a supple texture and dusty but well integrated tannins. It shows blackberry, black cherry, currant, spiced vanilla and a hint of bittersweet chocolate flavors. Lingering finish.
Rating: A- This wine is was $12 at Costco. That’s killer Quality/Price Ratio folks! Simply put….this one is a repeat purchase for me!
Sample purchased for review
(A) – 94-97/Outstanding
(A-) – 90-93/Excellent
(B+) – 86-89/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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