Consolation ~ Dog Strangler Collioure AC 2012

Consolation ~ Dog Strangler Collioure AC 2012
£42.00 / bottle£478.80 / case (12 bottles)

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Country: France
Wine Types: Red Wines
Region: Languedoc-Roussillon
Grapes: Mourvèdre
Style: Smooth Elegant Reds
Drink: Now to 2021
Oaked
Cork
ABV: 14.5%

Tasting Notes

The story

Consolation is a label produced by Andy Cook and Philippe Gard, winemaker and owner respectively of Coume del Mas and joint owners of Mas Christine situated close to the French / Spanish border in the Roussillon region.  They describe the Consolation wines as "an adventure" with varietals, the grapes coming from very small parcels of the best vines and the wines produced to reflect the best of each vintage.  The range therefore varies from year to year and production is small.

We love Consolation's Red Socks and couldn't believe our luck when we got hold of a batch of its Dog Strangler 2012 at a fabulous price. This is a top class wine and at other retailers over £45; we're passing on the savings to you - don't miss out on the special price for our last 8 bottles of this vintage.

The wine

Dog Strangler or L'Etrangle-Chien is an old local name for the Mourvèdre grape (AKA Monastrell and Mataro); the nickname was given because of the grape's high tannins but this wine is so well made that the tannins are well integrated and very smooth. It is reputed to be a tricky grape to grow requiring lots of sunshine  and careful cultivation.  You can tell that this is a well-made wine. The intense perfume hits you as soon as you open the bottle and the flavours are concentrated and long-lasting - herbaceous aromas of the local "garrigue", ripe plums, sour cherry, white pepper and a hint of dark chocolate. Blackberry flavours creep into the long, smoky finish. This rather serious wine has a creamy texture and at this price should not be missed.

Food Pairing

Recommended to drink with charcuterie, paté, cheese, lentils, mushrooms, beef, lamb, duck and game, this wine will stand up to quite rich dishes and those flavoured with rosemary, thyme, black pepper and soy sauce

This rather serious red wine has a creamy texture and at this price should not be missed. It has been for sale elsewhere at over £50. Intense perfume, concentrated and long-lasting flavours - herbaceous aromas of the local "garrigue", ripe plums, sour cherry, white pepper and a hint of dark chocolate.

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