2014 Cave de Roquebrun, Col de Lairole, Coteaux Languedoc, France, $12.99/Sale $10.99: The Coteaux du Langedoc AOC is a catchall appellation for wide swath of land stretching from the SW Mediterranean coast of France up to the Central Mastiff.
The AOC has long been known for producing pretty ordinary wines at reasonable prices. This, however, is far from ordinary!
When we tasted the latest vintage of this wine we were immediately impressed by the quality for the price. The soils in the cooperative of Roquebrun are broken schist, as opposed to the more fertile soils further South. This means that the vines produce limited quantities of more complex fruit.
The wine is a blend of Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. These varietals are vinified separately and then blended by award winning vigneron Alain Rogier. The wine is tight on the nose upon opening but within an hour starts to reveal compelling fruit tones with a little herbal character.
The palate, with soft, dark berry fruit intertwined with garrigue, is very complex for a wine at this price. It would pair well with cassoulet or BBQ ribs.