Mont Tauch Fitou 2006
Fitou, Languedoc, France, $110, diam cork seal
Another wine from the good growers of the Languedoc. I loved the Les Quatre 2005 Fitou which also comes from the Mt Tauch cooperative and when I saw its sibling here I jumped at the chance to drag a bottle home. It's a Carignan based blend with some Grenache and Syrah and comes from the three villages of Tuchan, Paziols and Villeneuve, within the Fitou Appellation.
The nose, though not huge, is appealing with it's suggestion of sharp, tart red fruits, a little forest floor and a hint of fresh mint. Having a swig the riper red fruit flavours emerge with a burst of plum and blackberries and are rounded out by an ever so slight, seductive sweetness. Where this wine really shines though is its great texture. Chalky tannins help to give it a firm and complete mouth-feel which suggests to me it's going to go well with a lot of different foods. Mont Tauch Fitou 2006 is a good wine at a fair price which I'd be happy to drink regularly.
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