The 2009 vintage of Mas de Guiot Grenache 40% - Syrah 60% Vin de Pays du Gard scored slightly better with influential critic Robert Parker of the Wine Advocate than the 2007 that we highlighted when it was on sale a few years ago, yet its sale price is even lower than in April 2009, during the trough of the recession.
The Mas de Guiot grenache-syrah blend is from an estate in the Costieres de Nimes district that straddles our two favorite wine-making regions in southern France, the Rhône Valley and Languedoc. It’s a bistro red we’ve been enjoying for years, typically priced at $10 to $11 a bottle. But it’s on sale at Calvert Woodley for just $8.69.
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“An inexpensive, seductive, sleeper of the vintage,”Parker wrote, scoring it 90 points in the October 2010 issue of WA. “This endearing red boasts a dense ruby/purple color in addition to loads of creme de cassis and blackberry fruit intermixed with hints of kirsch, lavender and spice. It is a fleshy, medium-bodied, silky smooth 2009 to enjoy over the next 2-3 years.”
Wine Spectator’s Thomas Matthews was not so generous with the points, scoring it a still-respectable 84, calling it, “Soft, with tobacco, lavender and black cherry notes, followed by a lightly dusty finish.”
At its “release price” of $12 a bottle, maybe this simple, enjoyable red isn’t anything to get too excited about. But at less than $9 a bottle, you’re not likely to be disappointed.
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