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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. 

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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?

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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.

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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....

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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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