Le Chat Noir wines are imported into Australia exclusively by Fourth Wave Wine and somewhat of a gateway wine for many drinkers to French styles. Well made, varietal and keenly priced. Made by Hilde Chevillot according to the back label and Bernard Schurr according to the website. Oh well. Fruit from the Minervois AOC in the Languedoc-Roussillon wine region of southern France.
Le Chat Noir, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Minervois, France, 2017
Full and rich nose: with cola syrup, plums, dark raspberry jubes, plenty of spicy pepper and anise, earthy undertones and a lick of chocolate. Plenty on the palate to like: dark jubey fruits, keenly supplemented by garrigue herbs. Coarse (but not ugly) tannin and hearty warmth to close out the long tail. Great value.
Wine sample courtesy of Fourth Wave Wine