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Modest Mondays - 2009 Château Coupe Roses Minervois

Everyday opulence - the $13.50 Château Coupe Roses MinervoisFirst, let's get this out of the way: the '09 Château Coupe Roses Minervois is a screamin deal for $13.50. It's got character, opulence, and just a bit of earthy funk underneath its ripe cherry, stewed tomato, and dusty spice flavors. Like many other Minervois AOC wines, this is a blend of old-vine Carignan and Grenache. It is rich, fruit-driven, and delicious, reminiscent of a great Paso Rhone Blend but waaaaay cheaper. There's also some definite French terroir underneath the brambly stuff, which keeps it a bit more down to earth. 

While this is not a natural (or even organic) wine, the vignerons practice something called lutte raisonnée, which in English means "reasoned fight" - this basically boils down to farming in a manner somewhere between organic and conventional: they try to avoid chemicals except when absolutely necessary. Often this is a precursor to a winery going officially organic, and I hope so in this case.

This very tasty treat goes for $13.50 at Arlequin in San Francisco. I had it one night with a burger, the next with ratatouille, and it was quite nice with both. The importer's label specifies that it is "meant to be drunk young," and I can tell you with assurance that this wine will not last long in a cellar - pop it now.

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