Cuvee du President Red Wine

Posted on December 26, 2009

Algeria has as much wine grape acreage as Germany and South Africa, though it has little power in the international

market. Algeria is located on the southern shore of the Mediterranean Sea in north Africa. Winemaking in the area can be traced back to the Phoenicians and Romans, though it was halted during the Muslim conquests of the 7th century. Under French rule in the 1830's, Algeria experienced large vineyard plantings. During the destruction of France's wine industry by phylloxera in the mid-1900's, Algerian wine was imported in large volumes. After the crisis passed, Algerian wine continued to be used as a blending component for French wines to help bolster color and 

phenolics. Regions such as the Languedoc still use Algerian wines today. 

Cuvee du President is a red blend composed of several varieties from different growing regions along the Hauts Plateau, where all of Algeria's seven small but distinct regions are located.


Winery - Vin d'Algerie

Location - Algeria

Wine - Cuvee du President NV Red Wine

Grape Varieties - Not available

Appellation - Blend of Mascara, Dahra, Medea, Tiemcen

Alcohol - 13.5% v/v

Price - $10 USD


Nose/Aroma - Rather bland aroma, a hint of spice and fruit.

Palate/Flavors - Light bodied and slightly sweet with ripe strawberries and white pepper. The acid adds a touch of sourness, though it fades quickly. Almost no mid-palate and a very short finish. No bitterness or astringency.

Food Pairing - I wouldn't save this one for too special an occasion, though it will pair easily with lots of foods. I would probably keep it basic with spaghetti and meatballs or pizza. 

Comments - Seems like this was probably just a blend of the left overs at the winery. I'm guessing it was created to be a rather basic, no frills, easy-drinking wine. It does a good job fulfilling this role, but it's not stunning by any means.