Carbonifère 2007 of Domaine le Conte des Floris
Region and AOC : Languedoc, France. Coteaux du Languedoc
Grape Variéty and Soil Composition : Predominantly syrah growing on schists that date to the Carboniferous Period, but also about 20% of grape varieties grenache and carignan.
Color : Deep red with brillant ruby reflections.
Notes : Tannins have a presence, but are rounded by a delicate touch of French oak making this a dense and fragrant full-bodied red. Very black ripe cherries come to mind. An hour after opening, the aromas seem to be opening up. I detect a whisper of cloves in the finish that lingers for an agreable moment.
Food Pairing : Fairly imposing but elegant dishes, steaks with mushroom sauces, strong cheeses, other full-flavored meats. We tasted it with a moussaka, a Greek casserole of eggplant, tomato, cheese, ground beef, pork, and veal and it was very nice. One site recommends duck with wild berry sauce…mmm!
Service : Carafe or uncork one hour in advance. Serve at a temperature slightly cooler than room temperature. For example, refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes before serving.