2007 Domaine Combebelle, AC Saint-Chinian
It was a dark and cold winter night, and I needed something to warm me up a little. A simple country wine, rustic and full of life. As well, it was a Thursday, so high alcohol was out of the question.
I don't know why I don't drink Languedoc wines more often. Last February, I drank a bottle of Corbieres that was nothing short of revelatory. Malheuresement, I have not had a bottle since. Time to drink up. A wine of Saint-Chinian, which I drank over 2 days. I often find that with these rustic wines, patience is rewarded. It's too easy to dismiss them because they have slightly peculiar personalities, but therein lies their charm.
While quite pale (relatively), it holds a bright red colour, and all the sweaty rusticity that I love about the Languedoc. An assemblage of equal parts syrah and grenache. Herbally, bright fruit character, seamless in the mouth. Impeccably balanced, and only becoming more elegant and charming on the second day. A delicious wine, that I greedily slurped down in small glass tumblers. This was no time to use stems.