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Notre Dame du Chateau Quatourze, Cuvee Nautica Red, 2011

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Notre Dame du Chateau Quatourze, Cuvee Nautica Red, 2011

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Notre Dame du Chateau Quatourze, Cuvee Nautica Red, 2011, Languedoc, FR is a blend of Mourvedre, Syrah and Grenache. The winery itself now owned by Georges Ortola once housed the Archbishop of Narbonne and a convent up through the 19th century according to the website The website also explains how the Chateau got its name, “ The name of the domaine comes from the tax that the farmers had to pay to the church, a 1/14 of the value of their harvest. Quatourze means fourteen in the “Occitan” language.”
The Notre Dame du Chateau Quatourze, Cuvee Nautica Red, 2011 is dark garnet red. The aromas are a blend of intense dark red fruit, earth, tobacco, toasted oak, and vanilla. The palate is dominated up front with dark red fruit with vanilla, spice and some white pepper. The tannins are sharp with good acidity that leads to a long finish. The sharp tannins means that this wine will age for another 5-8 years easily.
For now drink this wine with a well-marbled rib eye so the tannins can cut through its rich meat.

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