Another example of the wealth of fairly priced wines that Bordeaux produces once one gets past the trophy wines. Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has spice and cherries. Light tannins. On the palate, cherries with some tobacco and spice. Good balance. This drinks well on its own and will work well with meat, fowl and pork. Lamb stew would be perfect. Drink over the next five to eight years.
This is an inexpensive 100% Merlot. In good vintages, these are great places to look for values and nice wines that are accessible. And this one, hits all the marks. Deep ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright. The nose has raspberries, plums and slight spice. Medium bodied. On the palate, the raspberries continue along with some black cherries. Moderate finish. This is a tasty, fruit forward style of Merlot. It improves with a bit of air. Drinks fine on its own but will work better with some food. Roasted veggies or fowl would be a nice match. Drink over the next three to five
This was tasted completely blind and did quite well although it was one of the most inexpensive bottles on the table. This label is perennially among the best values in Bordeaux. Purple in color, ruby at the rim. Opaque and bright. The nose is very nice and classic. Black cherries with cedar. Clean. On the palate, this has medium body. Tart, black cherry fruit. Light tannins. Solid finish. This is drinking well now and won't get better. That said, it should provide great drinking for at least five to seven more years and likely more.
This is a blend of 75% Merlots and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep ruby in color. The nose is very tight but shows some black cherry. Much more open on the palate. Black cherry fruit with slight black raspberries. Medium to light tannins. Reasonably balanced. A bit bitter on the finish. This drinks quite easily on its own but would be better with a burger or other grilled food.