Chateau Massiac Minervois “Sentinelles de Massiac”

This is that elusive, under $15 bottle of red wine that delivers a ton of flavor, a great story, and 100% satisfaction again and again.  Josh says “this made by dry rubbed, spicy grilled chicken taste incredible.”  Tom says “this wine holds up and keeps delivering the goods for five days once it’s opened.” And Ben says very simply “just buy it.”  Lets just say Team Table Wine loves this wine, and we think you will too.

Located in the village of Azille, in the deep southern part of France, Chateau Massiac is a small, certified organic estate that makes less than 5,000 total cases of wine per year, and they make four different wines.  The Chateau can trace its “roots” back to the Roman Empire, and the entire estate was burned to the ground during the French Revolution. Bernard Bourdouresques and his family recently took over and revived the estate, and they currently own 53 acres of vineyards.  The estate’s rocky, well drained soils combined with the warm and windy Mediterranean climate of the region work together to bring out concentrated flavors and aromas in the grapes and the wines made from them.

The new vintage of the Chateau Massiac Sentinelle de Massiac is produced from roughly 2/3 Syrah and 1/3 Carignan from older vines fermented and aged in tank.  In a good year, about 800 cases of this wine make it into the U.S.  What makes this the quintessential summer red can be summed up in one word, BALANCE. There’s ripe and rich fruit to balance out some of the more rustic characteristics of the wine.  There’s some grip (aka tannin), but there’s a plushness to the wine that keeps you coming back for sip after sip with or without food.  There’s fruit, but there’s other interesting “stuff” happening in the glass too.

The nose smells of Southern France right after you pop the cork on this one, and the palate is open knit, seamless and friendly.  Ripe blueberry, raspberry and plum mingle with smoky sage, pepper and dark chocolate notes.  The mouthfeel is soft and luscious with ripe, succulent baked berry notes along with the classic peppery spiciness of Syrah, finishing with smoky bacon fat.  And who doesn’t like bacon?!  Serve this with any of your favorite grilled foods from pork and steak to chicken and portobellos.  Or just drink it and enjoy it as it doesn’t require food.

 

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