91 Insider Points
Light and fresh, this is classic french table wine made by a top notch producer in the Madiran region of southern France. Light red fruit on the nose, with sweet cherry and tobacco, this is meant to be a lush and easy drinking everyday red. The palate is round and juicy with a healthy structure and bright berry acidity, expect plum, red cherry and raspberry with a great grip on the finish. Enjoy now through 2020. - DZ Jun 2016
Cotes de Gascogne, France
The Sourcing Team went deep into the country heart of France for today’s quintessential Southwest red: from the humble birthplace of Alexandre Dumas’ romantic hero d’Artagnan, and from the home of the famed cuisine of Gascony, and the noble wines of Madiran, comes this super-tasty blend which is not only devilishly drinkable, but also high in healthful procyanidins!
From the Côtes de Gascogne in southwest France, between Toulouse and the Atlantic coast, the vines enjoy sandy limestone and clay soils a humid mild marine climate that supports the slow ripening of the grapes and wines with aromatic fullness and freshness almost guaranteed.This Terres d’Artagnan red is a soulful Tannat, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot cuvée, from sandy, limestone terroir in the mild maritime climate between Toulouse and the Atlantic coast in southwest France. While the house is renowned for producing high-end Madiran (the tannic, Tannat-based red that’s a must with the region’s rich cuisine of duck confit and cassoulet), we admit that on 6 days out of the week, we’d rather sip on this delightful Côtes de Gascogne!
A fruity red, with ripe strawberry, blackcurrant and cherry fruit, we love the juicy acidity and soft, velvety tannins that make this a perfect pairing for meatloaf, grilled chicken, beef stew or as an accompaniment to a delicious cheese plate.
Things to Know:
The slow ripening of grapes in the mild, maritime climate of the southwest of France ensure fully developed aromatics and freshness; this translates to a glassful of full-flavored red with the soft tannins and lively acidity invino members love.
Tannat is famously high in healthy procyanidins; the vasoactive polyphenols found in red wine which are linked to a reduced risk of coronary heart disease. We’ll drink a glass or so a day in celebration of that!
The character of D’Artagnan in Dumas’ novels was based on real life musketeer Charles Ogier de Batz de Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan, who was born at Castelmore in the Côtes de Gascon region
Deep garnet red with aromas of black cherry. This wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Côtes de Gascogne.
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Enjoy alongside grilled poultry, stews, herb meatloaf and spicy pasta dishes or simply a hearty snack with sausage, ham, pate and medium-strong cheeses.