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Domaine du Maridet “Cuvée Coum d’Al Llop” bottle

Domaine du Maridet “Cuvée Coum d’Al Llop”

Red Wine, 2016

Nowhere in France does an ambitious winemaker have more opportunity than in Languedoc-Roussillon. Almost every other region dictates which grape varieties can be planted and when the grapes can be picked. Unrestrained Languedoc-Roussillon, while short on prestige, is long on hidden treasures—like Domaine du Maridet. A start-up run by two brothers-in-law and a journalist, Maridet is riding a wave of local innovation—and has the gold medals to show for it.

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Domaine du Maridet Red Blend is rich and fruity—similar to the classic “GSM” trio of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre you find in southern Rhône wines. This wine’s Carignan adds tannins and a subtle savory note.

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High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry preserves sillo
Blackberry preserves
Figs sillo
Figs
Mint sillo
Mint
Chocolate pieces sillo
Dark chocolate

Pairing

Classic in style, these reds are equal parts power and finesse. Richer Pinots and Merlot-based Bordeaux reds, with their mix of red- and black-fruit flavors, can hold their own with just about any meat. The most delightful pairing to remember: Pork always loves this kind of Pinot Noir.

TASTING TIP

Notice how the dark-berry flavors have a jammy quality? That’s thanks to 2016 being a drought year in southern France, which concentrated flavors in the grapes.

A bold red is always great with a burger—especially when the wine has a spicy kick that complements this burger's lively salsa.

A bold red is always great with a burger—especially when the wine has a spicy kick that complements this burger's lively salsa.

When you're cooking up big, juicy steaks, always reach for a fruity red and let the hedonism begin. Wear a toga if you like.

When you're cooking up big, juicy steaks, always reach for a fruity red and let the hedonism begin. Wear a toga if you like.

A plush, fruity red has the heft to stand up to the dish's richness, and also balances beautifully with the sweet potatoes. Yum.

More About The Wine

The Côtes du Roussillon designation is reserved for wines made in France’s southernmost region, Roussillon, which is part of the much larger Languedoc-Roussillon. Winemakers in this area grow many of the same grapes found throughout the Rhône Valley and nearby Provence. Grenache, in particular, develops robust fruit flavors in the southern region’s warm, dry climate.

DID YOU KNOW?

The ancient Greeks recognized the superb winemaking potential of the Languedoc-Roussillon region. They started cultivating grapes there in the fifth century BC.

  • VARIETY
    Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Côtes du Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • ALCOHOL
    15.0%
  • FARMING
    Conventional
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