Here is an interesting red blend – 50% Syrah and 50% Merlot – imported from France and sold at Trader Joe’s. On first blush you may assume this is from Domaine Sainte Croix, and you might be correct. This wine’s label, however, doesn’t use the word Domaine anywhere; doesn’t carry the Domaine Sainte Croix logo but another; and the name Saint-Croix itself is hyphenated on this bottle but not on those from Domaine Sainte Croix. That being said, the wine does come from the Languedoc-Roussillon region where Domaine Sainte Croix is located. Of course, in that region there are three towns I found which carry the same name – Sainte-Croix-de-Caderle, Sainte-Croix-Vallée-Française and Sainte-Croix-de-Quintillargues. I guess I’ll just have to hop on a plane if I want to find out who actually makes this wine. Hmmm …. Maybe I will!
Notes: This Vin de Pays d’Oc is a deep purple in the glass. On the nose I caught scents of earth, plum, and a médicament similar to Vic’s VapoRub. It was fairly thin-bodied with light tannins and good acidity. Alcohol is at 13.5%. As far as flavors went, I encountered plummy, jammy fruit, cedar, and light hints of clove and other spices. This is a decent, inexpensive table wine that will do just fine for relaxed sipping or for drinking alongside that roasted chicken you picked up at the grocery store so you wouldn’t have to cook anything.
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