01 Chateau de Flaugergues, Coteaux du Languedoc La Mejanelle "Cuvee Sommeliere"
I already take quickly to southern French wines, but this one downright stunned me. It's burly syrah (at least, that's what I think it is) with brooding black cherry pit flavors and a spicy lavendar aroma. The tannins are stemmy and bring a lot of focus to the simple, but fulfilling fruit. Bitter dark chocolate flavors come out right as the wine gets a little thin, adding surprising depth slightly reminiscent of pricey Tuscan cabernet.