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Domaine Laroque 2012

A cheap and cheerful 100% Cabernet Franc from the Languedoc region of south west France, near the beautiful city of Carcassonne.  Wines from this region are plentiful and cheap, although the area has been staging a comeback in recent years, shedding its image of mass volume, low quality and turning in some great quality wines.

For $9 a bottle, Domaine Laroque is a good value, everyday kind of wine that pairs well with any red meat.  We drank it with steak and it stood up well.  I chilled it in the fridge for a few hours and it was even better, although the tannins are soft enough that it isn't necessary to do this.  Drink it up now, since this one won't keep longer than a year or two.