Not all wine drinkers lose sleep over spending $15 to $20 on a bottle. But for most budget wine shoppers that’s a splurge. And the best way to justify a splurge – and to buy wine in general – is to taste before you buy. Tomorrow in Glover Park (or today, Saturday, April 9, depending on when you’re reading this), you’ll have the opportunity to taste one of our favorite splurges, from one of France’s best producers of both value and luxury wines.
A blend of equal parts grenache and syrah, the 2009 Les Cornuds “reveals abundant aromas of crushed rocks, spring flowers and blue as well as black fruits in its darker, more cool climate style,” wrote Parker himself in the October 2010 issue of WA. “It is completely different from the Grenache-dominated wines from the warmer climates of Cairanne, Rasteau, Vacqueyras or Gigondas.” He suggested that the Perrin Vinsobres Les Cornuds would improve with more bottle age, easily lasting for another 10 years.
“Still tightly wound, with an almost bracing violet note leading the way for dark plum and blackberry fruit, ending a flash of pastis on the finish, where a tangy iron edge holds sway,” is how Molesworth describes the 2009 in the February issue of Spectator. He designated it a Wine Spectator “Smart Buy” at $22 a bottle, and also suggests cellaring the wine for consumption now through 2016.
You don’t need a wine cellar to stash a few bottles in a basement closet to see how they taste a few years from now. And it’s not every day that age-worthy wines can be had for less than $20 to $30 a bottle. But tomorrow you have the even-rarer chance to try such a wine before you shell out $16. At that price you may want a six pack (or to split a case with a friend), so you can crack a bottle on Easter Sunday and still be patient enough to save a bottle or two for toasting the next Olympiad.
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