With all the glamour and excitement of the 2007 vintage in the Rhone Valley of France, Provence can be somewhat overlooked. That is unfortunate because the favorable conditions that made all the great 2007 Chateauneuf-du-Papes are also making wonderful wines in Provence.
Prestige des Lauzeraies 2007 Tavel. $16.99 OH Retail.
As a region that makes only Rose, you can count on Tavel to be some of the finest pink wines in the world. The Prestige des Lauzerais is no exception. The wine is dry medium bodied and has more intensity and complexity than a barrel full of cheap California Pinot Noir. Great Value.
Domaine de Fontenille 2007 Cotes du Luberon. $15.99 OH Retail.
If you’ve read Peter Mayle’s novels of Provence, you know the Luberon. Rolling hills, beautifully quaint villages and great cheap red wine. That wine is Cotes du Luberon and the Domaine de Fontenille is better than most. Plummy and rich but never heavy. Think a more voluptuous style of Cotes-du-Rhone.
Chateau Virgile 2007 Costieres de Nimes 'Cuvee L'Eneide.' $16.99 OH Retail.
From the city that gave the world Denim, comes a blend of Syrah/Grenache/Mourvedre that can’t be missed. Intense aromas of smoky meaty Syrah dominate the nose, leading one to imagine bacon. Then blackberry and black cherry fruit mingle with vanilla. Great stuff in a little package.
So for the value that we know everyone craves, consider the 2007 wines of Provence.
The wines for this article were tasted at Walt Churchill's Market