2018 Cotes de Gascogne Rouge (Laballe, Domaine)
Domaine Laballe, Cotes de Gascogne Rouge, Gascony, France 201850% Merlot, 25% Tannat, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon BLACK PLUM & CURRANT, EARTHY CLAY & BLACK TEA LEAVES Gascony and gastronomy, appropriately, share six letters in common. This southwestern corner of France is home to decadent cheeses, patés, game, and legendary brandy. Its viticulture provides us with outlandishly refreshing whites, or “patio wines” as well as brutish, tannic reds made from Tannat. This Blend of Merlot, Cab Sauv, and the aforementioned Tannat, however, is medium bodied and gentle with ample earthy complexities and food-friendly brightness. A delight! Serving Suggestion: A great choice for heavy cheese &/or charcuterie spreads and snacks. Black bean/sweet potato/kale empanadas.