Looking for the perfect weekday wine to enjoy after coming home from a long day at work? The Arrogant Frog from Domaine Paul Mas located in the Languedoc region of the South of France is the perfect go-to wine on a daily basis. The wine is not only very drinkable, but it is reasonably priced.
The Arrogant Frog takes a whimsical look at the term for a haughty Frenchman yet brings out the fun side of wine because this French wine cannot be considered a pretentious wine. The everyday man comes to mind after taking a sip of these wines.
Domaine Paul Mas owner, Jean-Claude Mas is a fourth generation grape grower and first generation winemaker. The Arrogant Frog is one of several projects he created since taking over the company in 2000.
I served the Arrogant Frog Chardonnay and the Cabernet-Merlot at a board meeting I had at my home, and the response was very positive both due to the price under $10 and the quality of the wine. Most preferred the Chardonnay.
Arrogant Frog Chardonnay
The Arrogant Frog Chardonnay comes across as a fruity and viscous wine with the sweetness of honey on the finish. One finds a rounded wine with flavors of apples, tropical fruit and hints of vanilla. The addition of about 15% Viognier gives the wine its honey and white flower aromas and flavors. Although the percentage is small, the presence of Viognier comes through rather strongly.
Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot
Arrogant Frog Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot brings out the flavors of black currant and dark cherry. The composition of the wine features a larger percentage of Cabernet. The character of this blend promotes a more fruit forward, smooth and balanced wine. The varieties are vinified separately with 25% of the blend aging in new oak for four months and the remainder in stainless steel. The wine is moved from the barrels to vats for another two months.
The Arrogant Frog also produces a Pinot Noir and several other varieties and blends that deliver the same quality for the price point.
Note: Common to the wine industry, this writer was hosted to many of the wine sampled. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.