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Snooth User: Dragon182

Quick reccommendation ASAP please! French wines...

Posted by Dragon182, May 21, 2010.

Hello!

Tomorrow, a friend of mine is going to France, and I am going to ask her to bring me back 2 bottles.

I am from South Africa, and I don't know anything about the region...

What I need is reccomendations for 2 bottles (different), requirements of which are:

Red wine (blends, single varietal...)

VALUE FOR MONEY!!!

Nothing over 15 euros! (each)

I had a quick look at some of the reviews, and wines that interested me were the Chateau Bellevue la foret 2007 and the Domaine de la Janasse Cotes du Rhone Villages Terre d'Argile 2007. Any better suggestions?

Vintage is of no real importance as I plan on drinking them when she gets back.

I do not know which region she is headed to, but I will add it to the topic if I find out...

Quick answers will be greatly appreciated!

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Reply by cfwineedu, May 21, 2010.

Janasse is a great producer and this is from a great vintage, This wine is a blend. Try a Chinon from Charles Jouget

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Reply by Dragon182, May 21, 2010.

I have now discovered that she is going down south to the midi Pyrennes, near Spain.

Change anything?

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Reply by dmcker, May 21, 2010.

A big, big country in terms of wine, and a *very* small sampling... ;-)

But considering her location, have her look for good reds and whites from Languedoc-Rousillon and Cahors. A 'Black Cahors' Malbec red like Prince Probus, and a Picpoul de Pinet white from near Collioure, should average out in that price range and work just perfectly. The PdeP will be excellent with oysters or some of the fresh or salted anchovies that come from the area (ask her to bring back a jar or two of them, too). The malbec goes great with stews from various meats.... 

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Reply by Cathy Shore, May 23, 2010.

If you like port style wines what about a Maury from the village of the same name just close to the border with Spain.  Rich Grenache based sweet wine fortified by the addition of grape spirit and then aged (sometimes outdoors). The best are like tawny port and are great served with cheese or chocolate.  Mas Amiel makes a decent one.


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