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Cheap Wine for Weekdays: Chateau Pennautier Cabardès 2005

Our Wine Critic Conde Cox calls it "especially rich and well-balanced."

July 16, 2009

Seattle Met’s Oregon-based wine critic Conde Cox knows a heck of a lot more about wine than your faithful Sauced blogger does (though I try, reader, I try). But I’ve said it before: the man has cheap wine-itis.

I did manage to squeeze another cheapie out of him, though, a red from Cabardès, just north of the Spanish border, called Chateau Pennautier Cabardès 2005.

Here’s what Conde says: "halfway between the two great European seas, Cabardès is part Atlantic, part Mediterranean, and the wine reflects that location by giving us a blend of Atlantic cabernet sauvignon, Pyrenees malbec, and Mediterranean Grenache.

“It does vary in quality from vintage to vintage, but the 2005 is especially rich and well-balanced.”

Plus it retails for just under 10 bucks.

Ask your favorite wine store to order you some.

Find 100 more Northwest wine picks from Conde here.

Photo courtesy La Cave Spirituelle

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