Domaine Charvin Vin De Pays De La Principaute Dâ€™orange 2005
Hereâ€™s the scenario : Iâ€™ve just bought two 90% lean beef patties for hamburgers (with swiss cheese, grilled onion and tomato). I go into the wine shop with the goal of finding a suitable red to go with my burgers. Iâ€™m thinking Cotes-du-Rhone, maybe even be a little adventurous and go for a Californian Rhone Ranger. Essentially, Iâ€™m looking for : red, earthy, with black pepper notes, a medium acidity to fight the 10 percent fat and enough tannins to foil the protein — but not so much that itâ€™s overbearing.
Going through the Cotes du Rhones, I came upon this bottle — which doesnâ€™t make clear what it is, other than a VDP (Vins de Pays). The winery â€“ Charvin â€“ is a relatively unknown (among pedestrian wine buyers) but well-respected producer of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, and is imported by Weygandt-Metzler — who in my experience has been reliable when it comes to price-to-value ratio. Suffice to say, I was not disappointed.
This wineâ€™s nose emits a lot of black pepper, wet earth, and ripe black fruit — cassis, plum. In the mouth it has a surprising amount of jammy blackberry and plum fruit upfront, which is soon joined by spicy black pepper, earthy tobacco, tar, and the slightest hint of anise (makes sense; I found out later it was a Merlot – Grenache blend). Good acidity makes for easy food matching, and supple, firm tannins keep everything together. Alcohol is medium-high, but appropriate for the fruit ; there is no sense of hotness. The finish has good black fruit and drying tannins. It may be too dry and tannic to drink alone, but is absolutely perfect for food. Drink it with burgers â€“ as I did â€“ or have it with a piece of cheese, grilled beef, roasts, sausage. At about twelve bucks, it’s a very good value.
a-7 t-7 b-8 fc-10 v-9 ~ 91 Points
Importer : Weygandt-Metzler