Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Les Quatre Tours Prestige 2004

  • Area: France, Coteaux D’aix-en-Provence
  • Grape: Grenache 40%, Cabernet Sauv 40%, Syrah 20%
  • Alcohol: 14%
  • Rating: Black; 91 Dilettante; 91
Description: This wine has the spirited personality of a debonair Frenchman. Aromas of plum, spice, vanilla, leather and cloves waft out of the glass. It has robust flavors of Old World dried fruits, wood, black currents, leather, plums, and a hint of blueberry. The mouth feel is warm and meaty. The bone dry and lingering finish tastes of black pepper and cloves.

One taste and I was transported back to the walled city of Avignon in France. We left the tourist area and found this great little bistro in the middle of a construction zone. Despite the broken pavement and bright orange barriers, it was filled with locals and their dogs. The waiter was flirty and friendly and helped me with my very bad French. We sat outside in the warm autumn sun, had a great lunch of carpaccio and spring salad and sipped the house wine which could have been Les Quatre Tours.

Food Pairing: Carpaccio, duck, beef bourguignon, olives

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