Friday, July 27, 2007

Mas Carlot Clairette de Bellegarde 2006

One of these day's I'll take a proper picture of the wine of the week. Just not this day, I guess. As the title says, the wine of this past week is a Clairette de Bellegrade, from Mas Carlot. It's the first time I am aware of trying a wine made from the clairette grape.

How was it? Pretty good, actually. The color was a bit lighter than how it looks in the picture. Not real big on aromas, it smelled of flowers and fruits with a slight bit of almonds. The initial impression in the mouth was one of smooth pear, grapefruit, oak, and more almond. Then the acidity kicked in to make it a refreshing quaff. What I liked was the persistence of flavors and all the components being in harmony.

For $7.99 from the L.A. Wine Company, this had good QPR and gets two thumbs up. It's a flavorful, balanced and different kind of wine, worth giving it a try! I noticed that I seem to be the only one using Cellar Tracker who has listed this particular bottling.

Next week: a wine I've been looking forward to uncorking. Also, I'll try and take a decent picture of it!


Dr. Debs said...

Clairette--never had it! Hat's off to you for finding one. It sounds very intriguing, and I'll have my radar tuned to it in future. Thanks for the review!

MonkuWino said...

Thanks, Deb! I never heard of this grape or domain, but it was listed on the L.A. Wine Company website in the Under $12 category so I bit (drank, I guess). I thought it was pretty tasty.

janbee88 said...

I am SO GLAD I stumbled here. Your blog is essential. There's nothing worse than bringing home undrinkable wine.

MonkuWino said...

Janbee: I would recommend giving this wine a try. It's the kind of wine that gets more interesting as you roll it around in your mouth, and also changes as it warms up - definitely not a one-dimensional fruit bomb type; I liken it to the kind of wine that Kermit Lynch likes to write about.