DOMAINE BOUDAU LE CLOS 2008

A friend gave me this wine as a gift. The wine is dark in color with lots of deep dark fruits coming through on the nose as well as some alcohol. On the mid pallet are flavors to match the bouquet. Deep rich dark fruits abound with some oak. On the finish the wine is quite complex with layers of flavors living on in a long finish with tannins but well under control. There are also hints of spice and pepper on the finish which comes from the syrah in the blend. The alcohol is quite high on this one, and it is noticeable. I suspect I should have let this breath but I was concerned it would loose it’s complexity in the process. I suspect what this really needs is some aging. I quite enjoyed this wine in spite of the alcohol and would have no trouble going out and getting some more. For the price this wine is a good deal. I would give it an 90. We paired it with a bbq steak and while it went well, the food overwhelmed the wine a bit and it lost it’s complexity. I encourage you to try it on it’s own without food first.

From the LCBO web site:
DOMAINE BOUDAU LE CLOS 2008 VINTAGES 149989 | 750 mL bottle Price: $ 16.95
Wine, Red Wine 15.2% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content : XD

Made in: Roussillon, France By: Véronique et Pierre Boudau, Vign.-Récolt.

Release Date: Apr 17, 2010

Description
A Gold Medal winner at the 2009 Concours des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants.

Tasting Note
This is a very attractive red blend of 80% grenache and 20% syrah. Look for good complexity in the flavours and a nice balance that produces an edgy, slightly tangy texture. The flavours are solid and well extracted but not dominant, and this is an excellent choice for grilled lamb and other red meats. Score – 4 1/2 Stars (out of 5). (Rod Phillips, www.rodphillipsonwine.com, Feb. 3, 2010).

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