No-Guilt Wednesday Wine: Les Traverses de Fontanes Vin du Pay d’oc Cabernet Sauvignon 2009   Leave a comment

This little guy doesn’t have a guilty bone in his body.  Neither should you.  Here is this week’s $15 or less offering. 

No-Guilt Wednesday is not about compromising on quality.  It’s all about drinking good wine that does not break the bank, eating good food and of course, it’s about sharing with the ones you love.  

A little late for Wednesday?  Perhaps.  Do I feel bad about that?  No.  From the northeastern part of the Languedoc, we get today’s offering.  According to the distributor, although the property lies within the boundaries of the appellation Pic St-Loup, the production from the vineyards is primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, a grape varietal that is outside of the constraints set for the A.O.C. in the Languedoc. This means that in lieu of getting an A.O.C. cru status, the wine can only take a Vin de Pays d’Oc designation.   Do we care?   Seriously, did I just ask that?  Screw that– what’s in the bottle Monsieur? 

Chateau Fontanes Cabernet    2009

Les Traverses de Fontanes Vin de Pays d’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($12) 13.5%.  Although not particularly aromatic, this little biodynamically farmed beverage says, “Drink me in the afternoon before you get really serious about your wine.  Still there are undeniable notes of underbrush and herbs d’ Provence.  But they do not overwhelm.   Is less more?  The Limestone and clay soils that yield this fruit do come through.  Light to medium bodied on the palate with red cherry notes, it’s simple, yet pleasantly simple in a girl next door kind of way– freckles and all.  Medium tannins and a clean, yet short to medium finish.  Rated **

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Posted December 9, 2011 by Sybarite Sauvage in No-Guilt Wednesday

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