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2011 Chateau Tourril French - Other (Red Blend) "Philippe"

Winery: Chateau Tourril

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Philippe"

Wine Category: French - Other (Red Blend)

Grape blend: 40% Carignan, 30% Syrah & 30% Grenache

Region: Minervois

State or country: France

Price: $22

Cases produced: 3,000

KWG Score: 91 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (88)

Review date: November 25, 2016

Wine Review: This opaque dark ruby colored Rhone grape blend from Minervois opens with a fragrant red raspberry and strawberry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and savory. The flavor profile is a mild mineral infused black currant with notes of oak and black pepper. I also detected a hint of black tea. The finish is dry and its fruit flavors are slightly prolonged. I would pair this wine with a pepper encrusted strip steak. Enjoy - Ken

Winemaker Notes: Appearance: Ruby-red colour, intense, garnet red highlights. Nose: Aromatic, fruity, blackcurrant aromas, generous cherry aromas, grenadine aromas. Palate: Well-balanced, generous, smooth, silky tannin, smooth, structured body, good length. Food Matches: Delicatessen meats, white meats, guinea fowl, grilled entrecote steak, & unaged cheeses

Organic status: not organic

Buy it: Use 1000 Corks to find stores that sell Tourril 2011 Philippe.

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