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Dec 30, 2013 04:09 PM

Chapelle-St-Amour Ventoux, 2010

Just bought this yesterday and opened it today. Odd -- on first taste, not getting much if any fruit, prickly sensation, tastes a bit strange, but I wonder if I let it breathe it will get better. Or should I just return it. But no obvious marker like oxidation.

I have had bad French bottles from this particular store, however.

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  1. Forgot to mention, flavors are like tobacco/leather, but aftertaste is pure grape. Just seems unusual, but not an unsound wine. Atypical.

    1. It is "prickly," as is slightly effervescent on the palate? Not with obvious bubbles, like a sparkling wine, but a similar sensation with less bubbles.

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      1. re: zin1953

        Yes, just slightly effervescent. Maybe what is referred to as "petillant" but not sure if that is correct nomenclature.

        I've had other wines with strong upfront flavors; just wasn't expecting it from this Ventoux.

        1. re: comestible

          "Petillant" is intentional; this wasn't. Côtes du Ventoux *should* be a still wine, not "pétillant" or "frizzante." If it smells faintly of pickles, or sauerkraut, it underwent malolactic in the bottle . . .

          Whatever, it's definitely an off bottle and should be returned.

          1. re: zin1953

            Thank you, Z. I agree. Fortunately, we have other bottles to enjoy, and in particular a bubbly for New Years Eve. New Year Felicitations to all!