Review: 2008 Chateau de Calvieres “Maligno” Rouge

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Although this obscure wine may only take a humble “Vin de Pays” designation, what lurks the bottle is anything but average.

The red is a blend of old vine Grenache, Syrah and Carignan, aged 12 months in new French oak. The vineyards are located near the city of Perpignan in South-West France (near the border with Spain).

This wine is great for those who love new world reds (California, Argentina, Australia) and are looking to branch out and experiment with the wines of the old world. You won’t find any funky/earthy/barnyard flavours and aromas here. The nose is bursting with aromas of vanilla, olives and sweet berry fruit. The palate is bold and structured, with juicy blackberry, strawberry, vanilla, dark chocolate and spice.

At $27 this isn’t going to break the bank and delivers healthy competition for the California Cabernets and Argentinian Malbecs on the market.

Try this robust red with grilled meats, firm cheeses or a little olive tapenade.

Cheers,

Jesse

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