Chateau Vaguelas 2008 Corbieres "Cuvée Prestige" Red Blend - ~$13

This is not an in-house Fresh & Easy wine, and there was an "Available While Supplies Last" sign on the shelf at my local F&E, so I'm not sure if this is a one-off inventory sort of thing or not. Regardless, this is an interesting wine from the up-and-coming Languedoc region in southern France.

It's pungently grapey in aroma, and follows up with flavors of ripe red cherry and blueberry with a good backbone of leather, spice, and clove notes. The tannins are a touch on the tough side, but all in all this is an interesting wine that offers some real regional character, and that would likely pair well with a variety of typical red wine foods (I suspect it would go quite well with BBQ).

The only sticking point for me is the ~$13 price tag. That's hardly exorbitant for a quality French AOC wine, but Chateau Vaguelas faces some stiff competition from Fresh & Easy's own Chateau Calage GSM (Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre) blend, which is characterful, appealing red that goes for almost half that price.


Drinkability: 8.5/10
Price: 3.5/5
Total value: 12/15


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