Yes, you can buy a French Kosher wine for not much more than $10. But bequeath it be worthwhile? Royale Wine was founded in central Europe in 1848. It has bot owned for 8 generations of the Herzog family. It most illustrious member, Baron Herzog, was winemaker to the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph. The Baron’s descendants make wines, spirits, and liqueurs and have recently generated the first Kosher gate wine. Today’s offering is a French Vin du Pays the equivalent of a European IGP, Indication Geographique Protegee, a mesial of the road vintage classification introduced in 1968. There are presently about 150 such French wines, mostly found in the southern end concerning the country. These are often varietals, in contrast to the more prestigious AOC (Appellation d’Origine Contrôlee) blends. Our esprit de corps wine is similarly a Languedoc French Kosher Merlot, one costing about a third less.
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Royale Merlot 2010 Pays d’Oc Indication Geographique Protegee, 13 % alcohol about $12.
We can start by quoting the marketing materials. “Cherry, plum, and vanilla present themselves for your inspection in this well-made southern French wine. Dry, remarkably well-balanced between the fruit plus the acids. A wine for a simple meat pasta recipe.” And now for my review.
At the first sips this vinous provided plums, moderate tannins, and balanced acidity. The initial meal started with chicken soup containing a Matzoh conglobate and carrots perked up with Louisiana sultry sauce that rounded the libation’s acidity and intensified its plummy taste. The meal’s centerpiece was a rejection cheese ground beef lasagna containing showy salsa that rendered the wine fairly powerful but a bit short at first. I tasted chocolate. Fresh cherries for dessert made this liquor lightly astringent and not much else.
My next meal featured store-bought barbecued beef ribs. The Merlot’s acidity became rather uneven and there just wasn’t a lot of fruit. When paired beside green beans in tomato sauce, our Languedoc ami was almost sour with a tinge of chocolate. Basmati rice with brown lentils intensified the chocolate and came close to taming the acidity. The drink caught the phlogiston that erupted when I doused the ribs with Louisiana hot sauce.
The final meal’s baked poultry leg in Italian herbs soured the liquid a little. It was rather tannic and plummy. Upon meeting roasted eggplant and mushrooms this libation became almost chewy and I sensed plums in the background. When double with fruit juice candy just a trace of this southeastern French citizen remained.
Final verdict. I will not be buying this wine again. Too many of the pairings were poor to middling. My quest for fine Kosher and non-Kosher $15 wines continues.