Cameron Hughes Lot 681 Cesseras, Pays D’Oc Cabernet Sauvignon Petit Verdot 2017
The Pays d'Oc IGP (Indication Géographique Protégée) covers most of the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southwest France. IGP classification offers winemakers more freedom than the tightly controlled AOC (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) regulations. This wine hails from the tiny rural community of Cesseras, in the Minervois AOC. Smart seekers of wine bargains know to look to the south of France for great deals on great reds.
The Cameron Hughes Lot 681 Cabernet Sauvignon/Petit Verdot blend clocks in at 14% abv and sells for $13. Hughes says it is his first French lot release in more than five years.
This is a dark wine, one with some heft to it, and a brawny feel. The nose is full of blackberry and plum aromas, laced with earth, vanilla and mocha. The palate is a burly delight - fruity with a savory, herbal edge, firm tannins a healthy acidity. If you want steak, get this wine. It's ready to pair.
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