Educational Tasting – Vine Age: Domaine Du Cros Marcillac 2010

by Russ Anderson on March 19, 2014

labelSo, if you anticipate getting snowed in, why not take time for a little educational wine tasting. This wine is just back in the store and has unique written all over it. First, this winery was instrumental in reestablishing the reputation after the effect of phylloxera decimated the area. Second, Domaine du Cros, with 22 hectares, is the largest independent producer in the appellation. Third, The wine is 100% Fer Servadou. Another grape to add to your alternative wine list. Fourth, the wines are a great stand in for Beaujolais. Fifth, they offer tremendous drinking value because both the region and the grape are undeservedly lesser known. Sixth, this pair offers a great chance to compare two wines where the main difference is the age of the grapes.

For me, I would grab a couple of bottles, make a crisp green salad and some grilled cheese, perhaps some of our friend’s wonderful homemade tomato soup. This would make a great tasting back drop to compare the two wines, as well as add a little warmth to a cold possibly snowy day.

Lo Sang del Pais (normally $14)

    The grape bunches are hand harvested and after being de-stemmed they are fed into fermentation tanks using gravity flow. The “cuvaison” lasts 21 days with the juice being pumped over the cap during the first 6 days. The wine is aged for 6 months in large oak and chestnut barrels which range up to 200 years old.

Cuvee Vieilles Vignes (normally $18)

    The Cuvee Vieilles Vignes is made from a parcel of vines that is over 80 years of age. The fermentation is carried out at a slightly warmer temperature than the regular cuvee and the maceration is extended to 5 weeks. The wine is aged in large oak and chestnut barrels for at least a year before bottling.

For all the adventurous and curious wine drinkers out there (and there are quite a few of you), I’m offering the pair of wines for $28.

Stay Warm,
Russ

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