I bought this bottle of wine direct from the Chateau de Flaugergues, which I visited and had a wine tasting at almost exactly a year ago. The chateau itself was an amazing experience, and very personal somehow. Maybe it was because we bumped into the owner, who still resides there to this day with his family. Maybe it was the little “lived in” touches at the chateau, like the modern family photograph sitting beneath the centuries old oil painting portraits. Maybe it was the fact that there were only a handful of tourists there at all, and being there felt almost bordering on trespassing.
The lovely Chateau de Flaugergues
Cool idea for a garden I intend to replicate on a smaller scale someday…
At the tasting if I recall, I had two whites and two reds, and the Cuvée Colbert was definitely my favourite. I’m not a huge white wine drinker, but both of the whites I tasted were also phenomenal.
Well, tonight was the night. I opened it. And unsurprisingly, it is the best bottle of wine I’ve had in a long, long time. During the tasting, I remember wondering if the wine really was as good as I felt it was or if I’d been enamoured with the magical experience of visiting the chateau and tasting the wine with lovely, good-humoured French/Swiss/Australian strangers-made-company. I guess my “hesitation” related to the fact that, in general, there are other French regions, such as the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux that have red wines appealing more to my tastes than Languedoc (although there are exceptions, and Languedoc also produces some amazing white and rosés) but in this case I make a definite exception. This is a pretty big, dry wine with a long finish and lots of tannins. All things I love in a red wine. Aromas of black currant, earthiness (like truffle, mayhaps?) and maybe hints of violet, smoke and licorice. At least, that’s my amateur assessment (and this is, after all, the first review of a wine I’ve ever written). A lovely, balanced wine. It probably could have aged nicely a few more years, but it didn’t taste overly young, and compared to the others I’ve brought home from France, it was the only one I was really ready to open.
There she is, the Cuvée Colbert in all her glory
All in all, an excellent wine, that instantaneously transported me back across the Atlantic Ocean to Montpellier all from the comfort of my backyard. And I can’t really ask for anything more.
If you’re interested in the basics of tasting wine, but don’t know where to start:
1. Taste many wines to learn what you like (responsibly of course!)
2. Check out links/resources like this to learn what you’re looking for
3. Consider attending a tasting or two, where the basics will be explained as you taste the wines