Originating from Domaine de Monpertuis, a winery located in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this Old World counoise is deep amethyst in color and exhibits a “hot” nose and high acidity that mirrors the minerality of its terroir. Dry and earthy, this bottling offers a generous amount of tannins. However, allow it to open up to experience ripe, red fruit that elevates its Old World characteristics to a wine that ideally compliments a fatty and substantial fish like halibut. I owe my friends at Liner & Elsen a big thank you for performing the seemingly impossible task of locating a 100-percent Counoise import from France for less than twenty dollars.

WHO: Domaine de Monpertuis
WHAT: Counoise
WHERE: Rhone, France
WHEN: 2007
HOW MUCH: $15

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