Carmenere, the forgotten wine of Bordeaux, not to everyone’s taste but if you’re having a carnivores barbecue with lots of red meat and spicy fare, this cheap offering from Chiles Central valley and brought to us via the Wine Society will fit the bill perfectly .
Having only paid £5.75 for this particular bottle , the Lascar 2013, I didn’t know what to expect but I found it to be a reasonably nice, if slightly sweet drink and everyone who tried it agreed .
Sticking my nose in the glass there was a pronounced earthy aroma, it was very vegetal with leather and tobacco, reminiscent of Merlot but with attitude.
On first sip it was on the sweet side but not overly so, medium bodied, juicy ripe blackberries with some cherry like flavours. The earthiness comes though along with smoke and tobacco and a little spice. Someone commented that the taste didn’t last long, I kind of disagreed and thought it had a reasonable length.
I seen a lot of positive reviews for this wine saying that it tastes far more expensive than it is and on the whole I think it does. As I said earlier, great barbecue wine, inexpensive and no one disliked it including non wine drinkers even if they only had a sip.
Wine Society £5.75