Single-grape varietal wines can be astonishing, even stunning, when weather, harvest, and winemaker are in perfect synch. But it’s no secret we also admire, and often prefer, the skills of those winemakers who successfully blend superior (and dependable) wines, both white and red, regardless of environmental and other conditions in a particular year.
We have enjoyed several bottles, and two vintages, of Dependable Red now. While this (truly!) dependable wine could have just as easily been named “Fabulous,” it is called “Dependable” in honor of a 1955 Deux Chevaux Citroën that the winery considers France’s most reliable car. It is a single-estate wine produced in Languedoc.
Imported by JF Wine Imports in Largo, FL, it’s unclear whether this is in fact a négotiant product: the name “JF Wine” appears taxicab-style at the top of the Citroën car pictured on the amusing wine label. (I mean, a guy with a handlebar mustache and a cowboy hat, the Citroën, and a Golden Retriever with a beret and a basket with a bottle of wine—really? I do love fun labels.) However, the wine label verbiage (below) was indeed probably written by a Frenchman given the charming grammatical and factual errors. I’m almost surprised it made it past the U.S. wine-label gendarmes!
We do know that JF Wine Imports specializes in single-estate organic wines. They’re also the folks who import the Bordeaux Château la Bonnelle, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru we so love and reviewed recently (http://
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APPEARANCE: Ruby with clarity, pink to clear edges, significant wine crystals.
NOSE: My favorite in a red blend: flowers. Violets, a thread of Stargazer lilies. Just amazing. It’s one of those wines I want to just sniff and sniff.
TASTE and MOUTHFEEL: Big red fruits, strawberries, flowers, a little spice, tea. Smooth and almost light-bodied! A lovely cherry/tea high note kept me amused along with the dusky tenor flowers.
FINISH: Short but sweet. Just like me.
CONCLUSION: This is a beautiful and elegant wine, but it’s casual at the same time, like a handsome man dressed in blue jeans with a brilliant white button-down shirt and a thrilling smile. This would be a good choice as a Valentine wine, especially if the giver is … well, dependable.
LABEL NOTES: 2CV Citroen, Fourgonnette Azu 1955, France’s most dependable car. It was the first small pickup 2-cylinder engine, known as the “car of the worker” and small businesses. Just like this white [sic] wine from the Languedoc region of France. Small dependable single estate winery. Black cherries, fruit aroma, round in the mouth with little spice on the finish. A great wine for every day. The vineyard is keep in culture without herbicides and pesticides chemicals. Bottled by SCEA Felines, Jourdan 34140.
HINT: After acquiring this or, frankly, any other wine (especially red), let it rest in a cool, quiet, dark place for a month or so. A few months ago we tried one bottle of Dependable the night we bought it and the wine simply didn’t yield the same pleasures. The resting time is well worthwhile. Also remember to swish and chew!