Corbières (pronounced COHR-byehr) is a sub-region of the Languedoc-Roussillon in the south of France. It's also the name of this sensational, modified southern Rhone-style blend of 40% Carignan, 30% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre, derived from vines from 20-80 years old.
As an introduction to French country wines (vins de pays), there's no better example than this exclusive Corbières. This Mediterranean area has improved enormously over the last two decades. Until recently, very few wine drinkers in the U.S. even knew about it. Today, it is widely known for mouthwatering releases.
Exudes smoky, leathery richness from the start. Earthy, leathery forest floor and wood hints support a peppery brown and black fruit nose. Extracted and meaty, earthy, peppery brown and black fruits flavors explode in the mouth. Lots of character behind plenty of accessible fruit.
Rich meat with moderate fat will counter the tannins in this wine. Choose an herb-crusted lamb chop with au gratin potatoes for a match made in heaven.