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Le Tour de Vin

Wine Review: Domaine Galevan ‘Paroles de femme’ Côtes du Rhône 2007 ($15)

As the Tour de France heads west into Spain, I’m going to start my own Tour de France of wine – which goinig to dub “Tour de Vin” – in the Rhône region in the southeastern region of France. The famous bike race passed near this area in the first and second stages – and the dramatic second-last stage of the race runs up the brutal Mont Ventoux, along the northern edge of the Rhône region. The area is very exciting for those who appreciate wine, with many different styles of wines packed into a small viticultural area.

The Domaine Galevan ‘Paroles de femme’ 2007 is from the major Côtes to Rhône region that produces.mainly rich reds from Grenache, Mourdevre, Cinseault and Carignan. For some reason it's called “Paroles de femme,” which translates roughly as "woman’s words." I don’t know the story behind that one, but the wine itself is just plain good. Violet aromas grow out of the glass and a swig quickly shows deep cherry, woodsy and herbaceous flavors. It’s not a stunning bottle, but for $15, it’s great to sip on its own on a warm summer day, or as a barbecue wine.

Quaffability Rating: 87








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“Le Tour de Vin”