MATT'S WINE NOT! LATOUR DE FRANCE CHATEAU TRINIAC 2007 FRENCH RED WINE

I've often thought I'd love to undertake a tour of France someday. Paris, obviously, steeped in history (much like the rest of France!) with its cafes and bistros, Versailles being the court of Louis XIV, and well...so on and so forth.

Well that's not going to happen anytime soon, so the best that I can do, for now, instead of having a tour of France is having Latour de France Red Wine.

Pretty clever eh?

Now for a little background information! Latour de France is actually a geographical area in the very very south of France near Spain, and is also called "Triniac" (or three views), hence the Chateau of its name. The date 1659 seems to have some significance to this area, as it is emblazoned on the little round circly bit above the stylized "L" in "Latour." What this means...well, you gotta do some of the work!

I will do some of the work and read the back of the bottle however, informing you that it is a tri-blend (nicely matching the "three" theme) of Carignan (an old, black coloured grape originating from Spain), black Grenache, and Syrah. This mish mashing of these particular grapes is apparently quite common. So. There you have it. Oh, and it also recommends serving at 18 Celsius, and that you decant the wine. Pshh, whatever!

Synthetically corked with the "Jean Jean" printed upon it (not for Jean Luc Picard I'm guessing), it poured a very deep ruby red, and was quite syrupy upon the sides of the glass.

It smells very fresh, like concord grapes, or grape jelly jam (mmm!), and is fruit-forward, and even gave a whiff of strawberry; a full, delicious nose! Yum yum!!

The taste continued the fruity nose, as one picks up a strawberry taste, especially in the aftertaste, and is medium to full bodied, with a little alcohol zing, and a definite dryness in one's mouth appearing. Overall though, it is definitely fruity, with a nice freshness and depth of taste, and while kinda smooth, had no lacking in weight. There was no great noticeable bitterness or sourness.

The aftertaste as noted continues the berry serious goodness, and carried a little florality, although the dryness was really apparent.

Of course, my friends at the LCBO offer completely different tasting notes: plum, mocha, spice, chocolate, cherry. Yup *nod.* I know nothing (and proud to admit it)!! It did though win a Silver Medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards, 2009 - cheers to that!!

Whatever the hell it tastes like, it was a very tasty, enjoyable drink, with delicious fruit flavours. And, if you're like me, and can't get to France anytime soon, pick up a bottle, and we can all imagine together. A definite winner!

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$14.95 (US$14.78).

From LCBO.com:

CHATEAU TRINIAC 2007, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #148676
Wine, Red Wine
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Roussillon, France
By: Cazes

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