Sip of the Day: Marc Roman 2010 Languedoc Terret
A few nights ago I was at one of my favorite wine stores (Total Wine) browsing the miscellaneous French section, when I found today’s Sip of the Day, for the low price of $5.99. I’m well aware of how ridiculous it sounds that I would really be featuring a wine that cheap, and honestly I expect some skepticism. That said, price isn’t always an indicator of quality.
As I’ve talked about in many of my previous posts, one almost flawless way to find great wine at a great price is to go for the obscure. Lesser known regions and varietals can deliver incredible value if you’re brave enough to give them a try.
Even though the Languedoc-Rousillon region in southern France is the largest wine growing region in the world, and the white wine varietal, Terret Gris, ranks among some of its most planted grapes, neither the place or the wine would be considered a common household name. So even though today’s Sip of the Day, a Terret Gris from the Languedoc, has a respectable pedigree, the general unfamiliarity of its origin and varietal make this wine a tremendous value and a true hidden gem.
White peach and crushed stone introduce this wine’s aroma, while orange pith, seashells, and a subtle hint of mango open up with a spin in the glass.
Crisp but ripe and well balanced, the palate impresses right away with notes of crushed stone, floral tones, and white peaches and apricots. Fresh and juicy, this wine would be perfectly paired with a salad, a variety of seafood dishes, or just a sunny afternoon.
Worth Buying. 89 points.
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