La Jamais Contente Reserve Malbec 2020 review - WineUncorked: Wine Reviews and Tips


Belgian Camille Jenatzy's World Land Speed Record electric car reached a speed of over 100kmph (66mph) in 1899 and is commemorated on the label of this French Malbec. The cigar-shaped car was named La Jamais Contente (The Never Content, or The Never Satisfied) and gives its name to this savoury plum and fresh cherry tasting red made in the southern French region of Languedoc. Apparently, it also reflects the winemakers' philosophy but why they chose the Belgian's car rather than his close rival at the time, the very French Count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat, is not clear. Jenatzy (nicknamed the Red Devil on account of the colour of his beard) was confident his car was the best – being proved right after several attempts and maintaining a speed record for an electric car that stood for more than half a century. Whether this wine would also stand the test of time is debatable as its fruity flavours are designed for drinking now, rather than for keeping, and are best matched to meatballs in a tomato sauce where its sharper notes of almond kernel and green stem will cut through any richness in the food. So good it made Wine of the Week.

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Type: Red wine
Grape variety: Malbec
Vintage: 2020
Country: France
Region: Pays d'Oc
Supplier: Virgin Wines
Price when reviewed: 10.99
What the label says: imposing, generous fruit
Alcohol %: 13.5
Format: Bottle with screwcap

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