28/07/02 – French Kiss (France) Corbieres 2001

French Kiss (France) Corbieres 2001
I must say I’m usually deeply sceptical of any wine with a gimmicky name or packaging, believing that a good quality product shouldn’t need such tricks to sell. This wine, with a lurid red plastic cork and dodgy sales pitch on the label (‘I’m a sultry French kiss that will make your lips tingle’) certainly falls into that category, but, to my surprise, the stuff in the bottle is a delicous drop. That is explained by the fact that it is made by the Mont Tauch winery – surely the best and most consistent cooperative working in France today. The wine is smokily aromatic, with herbs, red fruits and a deep, soft, strawberry and briarwood element. On the palate it has the rich, round, sweet, sun-filled fruit power of the Mediterranean south, with chocolaty nuances and spicy tannins. Today, believe it or not, is national kissing day (groan) and this wine – good value at 4.99 – has been reduced by one pound in Sainsbury’s, down to 3.99