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Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Marselan 2018 Wine Review

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Marselan 2018

Calmel & Joseph Villa Blanche Marselan 2018

Languedoc, France

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Price: $16.05

Drink: 2020-2025

Bottle size: 750 ml

Alcohol: 14.5%

Sweetness: Extra Dry

Wine Type: Red Wine

Winery: Calmel & Joseph

Agent: United Stars Corporation Group

More Vintages: 2015 

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Molly Amoli Shinhat reviewed this wine as follows:

In the glass it's a gorgeous, deep violet. It hit my nose like the (now defunct) Robertson's Blackcurrant jam (!), with eucalyptus, cedar, and a big medicinal note. On the palate, it's medium-bodied, cassis, woody, and earthy, with high tannins, high acidity, and a long, fruity finish. It's 13.5% a.b.v. No detail on residual sugar, but I would guess this is dry and under 5 g/l. The wine was aged 10 months in concrete, so it's varietal character is utterly unspoiled.

Made in 1961, the Marselan varietal is named for a region, Marseillan. That's where you'll find the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)'s Domaine de Vassal. It's there in Montpelier that this cross between Garnacha Tinta (Grenache Noir) and Cabernet Sauvignon was made. Paul Truel created Marselan along with about a dozen others in a long, storied, well-traveled career.

Pairs deliciously with vegetarian foods, and pheasant, braised lamb, and lasagne.

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