It's a Sunday night, and I am getting ready for dinner, so why not open up a nice bottle of wine from the south of France? Tonight it's the 2010 Gerard Bertrand Corbieres, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France, the perfect match for a relaxing Sunday afternoon.
The wine is richly colored with deep garnet hues, and the nose is a pleasant combination of ripe berries, and something of a "twang" to it, perhaps some tart fruit to counterbalance the jammy sweetness that is also present. The taste is very fruit forward, with lovely notes of blackberry, ripe plum and vanilla that is just offset with a bit of tartness as well. Midpalate the fruit gives way to some tar and spice, a bit of black pepper notes. The finish is quite nice, very long and dry, supported by some supple tannins. I've found on this one that as you let it breathe, it really opens up quite nicely, so give it an hour or so if you can't decant it.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 7.5, as it's a great example of the Mediterranean influences on the wines of the Languedoc, and a terrific value. I bought a couple bottles of this wine at the World Market for only $9! I couldn't afford not to get them! Tonight I am enjoying this wine with a nice winter meal, some lovely baked chicken breasts on the bone, some garlic mashed potatoes and some fresh steamed asparagus, as the fruit in the wine really brings out the best in poultry, making it feel like Thanksgiving. Cheers!