Piggybacking on Zee’s great thread on VDP and other ‘affordable’ (harkening back to when MOST of Northern Rhone was affordable BUT Hermitage, sigh…) areas of Northern Rhone, I found a Languedoc wine I really, really enjoyed.
I was in Madison, WI last weekend and stopped at a local wine shop (AWESOME wine shop - Square Wine Company, right by the Capitol) and had a lovely bottle from Domaine Autour de l’Anne, called ‘Anne, A Wine Again’ (obviously for the American market), vintage 2017. It was fantastic, and I immediately searched to find out where I could get more. It reminded me what I love about Syrah, without the need to worry that either 1) the bottle I’m drinking is going to be worth twice as much next year, or 2) what will the lovers of trendy Northern Rhones (since Southern Rhone is FAR from trendy nowadays) say when I comment about this, stating my cluelessness or whatever. It was pure, enjoyable mineral and soil-driven Syrah, but pleasant in every way, from the nose to the finish, and should retail around $20-30. As soon as I can find it, I’m getting more.