Friday, December 14, 2007

Review and Rating: ** Domaine de Monpertuis Counoise, 2005, Vin de Pays du Gard, France

Counoise is a little-known grape - one of the less-frequently employed of the 13 varieties of grapes that are permitted in the Chateauneuf du Pape wines. In the glass, it is medium red. The nose shows a simple earthy fruitiness with overripe black fruit.

On the palate, the Domaine de Monpertuis Counoise brings the black fruit forward and coats them with light tannins. A slight wash of white over the blackness. Two stars out of five. Better to my mind as part of a blend than as its own varietal.

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