Synopsis, Our Opinion: This wine tastes way better than the price we paid and IT’S AN INCREDIBLE VALUE.
Producer/Winery: Fanny Richard and Julien Richard; Chateau Tour Bayard; Montagne, France.
Grape Variety: Bordeaux blend – 85% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.
Geographic Appellation: Montagne-Saint-Emilion; Bordeaux, France.
Price: $20.70 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Roast beef with mushrooms in Madeira gravy, roasted broccoli with a hint of garlic and lemon juice, mashed potatoes.
Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Clear, ruby red color with the same color rim. Abundant earthy cherry and cranberry aromas. Smooth entry, a body one or two notches above medium and a little grit to the texture; layers of cherry, cranberry, red current, plum and licorice flavors. A little tart and gamy on the finish that had huge chewy tannins and a mouth puckering end. This is a wine that starts slowly with a traditional bouquet, but after swishing in the mouth it explodes with flavors and zest. The wine started like yummy cherry pie and ended akin to DRY licorice on steroids…powerful structure and deep flavors. This was a very delicious and exhilarating Bordeaux blend, but if you want a GREAT red Bordeaux you are going to have to spend three times this price…however, this wine tastes way better than the price we paid and IT’S AN INCREDIBLE VALUE.
Alcohol Content: 14.5%
Closure: Natural cork.
UPC Code: 7 61503 24365 2
Imported by: Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant’ Berkeley, California.