Travelling with three kids generally means an early return to the hotel, which provided my wife and I with an opportunity to read and sip on some wine while the kids slept. For such an occasion I trekked to the local shops in search of something passable - while I can assure you there is no shortage of wine in Paris, the average corner store is rather dominated by 'vin de table'. Not wishing to entrust myself to the proprietor of the Paris equivalent of Quick-E-Mart, I decided to go with a trusted name.
This evening I discoverd a very convenient half bottle of the 2005 Delas Freres Cotes du Ventoux, a Rhone Valley red. Delas is a famous Rhone house and maker of stunning high end wines, so I felt fairly safe going with this more modestly priced Delas wine. It was dark cherry red with a simple, but pleasing, nose of musk and crushed berries. On the palate it was medium-bodied, with strawberry fruit, good balance, light tannins, and nice acidity. Rather more modern-styled, but with a nice acidic bite that would pair well with a meal (I have no idea why, but Cassoulet came to mind). Another fine example of Delas' focus on quality. Drink now.
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