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Snooth User: Peppino

Unusual French Syrah

Posted by Peppino, Apr 17, 2010.

I had an unusual Rhone wine last night.  The producer was Franck Balthazar.  I was shocked to hear the bartender describe it as having grapefruit aromas so I had to try it.  And it actually did have grapefuit aromas.  Is this typical of this producer or the the region as I have never experienced that with a Syrah before. 


Reply by dmcker, Apr 17, 2010.

Small producer in Cornas. Very oldskool (still plows behind a horse). No new oak, but the wines are made to last in his Cornas labeling from there. I think his Syrah label is from grapes sourced from Languedoc.  How did you like the wine?

Reply by Peppino, Apr 17, 2010.

I'm not quite sure.  The grapefruit was very pronounced plus I had quite a bit of other wine to that point.  I liked that fact that it was one of the lightest Syrah's I've ever had.  Seemed to go well with the ultra funky swiss cheese I ate with it.  I will need to try it again, just abit more sober.  Thanks for info.

Reply by dmcker, Apr 17, 2010.

The Languedoc fruit is often lighter than that from the northern Rhone, though of course it also depends on the winemaker's choices....

Reply by cigarman168, Apr 18, 2010.

I have taste a bottle from French but I do not recognised which region of it produced (may be south of France) while it is having very strong mandarin orange skin aroma.

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