Roussillon – A French Spanish Wine

I am a huge fan of Spanish Priorats and Chateanuef Du Pape’s. The challenge is that they get to be pricey. And while I have a relatively large collection of both, drinking them as everyday wines is a little indulgent, but life’s too short to be drinking bad wine (and the calories aren’t worth it). There are just so many different wines out there and I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface (though I may scratch a little more than the average person when it comes to wine). As a result, I’m always on the look-out for wines I have never tried before, particularly less popular wines in the hope that I can discover something new, great and affordable. Roussillon may be the new answer.

Think of Roussillon as a cross between Priorat and Chateaneuf Du Pape. The same grape varietals are used – Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvedre. The Roussillon region is actually in France, in the Languedoc area though the locals call themselves Catalans due to their history where the region passed between Spain and France a number of times.

I first heard about the wine a couple of weeks ago in The Wall Street Journal. The Journal has been the source of a number of new wines discoveries in the past year. As soon as I read the article, I knew I had to try it. I immediately went online to check my favorite wine store – The Wine Library in Springfield, NJ. They had a few different ones in stock. I ended up there a few days ago and picked up 2 different ones. They only had 3 in stock which took a little work to find, but I did with some help. The great news is that the wines were $12, $14 and $22. All very reasonably priced compared to a either a Priorat or CDP.

The question is whether it’s worth it. The answer is an absolute YES! The wine is real nice, approachable. Earthily characteristic of a French wine, a distinct Carignan flavor reminiscient of a Priorat, though not as full bodied. The wine has liqourice, black currant overtones. Yummy!. Defnitely a wine I am going to make a regular addition to my wine repertoire.

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