We opened this one on a random evening – pairing it up with Frank’s great spaghetti sauce over linguine. One of these days I’ll learn to make pasta… but until then, the box works out pretty well.
From the CHÂTEAU DE JAU in ROUSSILLON, FRANCE – built in 1792, and nestled in the southernmost foothills of the Roussillon slopes of the Corbières Mountains in French Catalonia. The estate produces an array of wines, including three very affordable Le Jaja de Jau varieties – a syrah, a sauvignon blanc and a syrah rose. Jaja is a slang phrase for the region’s delicious full-flavored, everyday wines. It is the house selection in local bistros and restaurants, and that’s a great descriptor for this one. A structured but uncomplicated Syrah, it’s easily paired with your everyday chicken, pasta or beef dishes. Anything with a little bit of kick, or a tomato base, will do well with Le Jaja from the vineyards of the Vin de Pays d’Oc.
I will give you the warning to be careful with the screw cap. This one bit in as we removed it. I’d recommend opening it up with a towel or some covering if you don’t want it to draw blood or leave a scrape. The metal band shredded before we got it loosened up.
Other than the problem with the cap, the wine was a good, drinkable Syrah. Well balanced tannins and acid, a hint of raspberry on the palate. We’ll be keeping a few bottles of this one around.
Every wine lover with a budget looks for pleasant, drinkable wines that don’t break the bank. This one comes in at $8.99 from World Market. Follow this link for other places to buy this wine.
For another opinion on this wine, see what The Reverse Wine Snob had to say.