On the Nose: Sweet strawberry and red fruit. Cardamon nuances.
On the Palate: Raspberry and licorice predominate with white pepper overtones. Nice balance of powerful red fruit flavors offset by slightly bitter taste at the back of the tongue. This wine will age well over the next 3-4 years and smooth out, but perfectly drinkable now.
Style: Smooth and peppery.
Rating: 88/100. Will improve a bit with some aging in the bottle!
Comments: A special cuvee selected by Jean-Luc Thunevin (owner of Chateau Valandraud) and Patrick Baugier, a noted importer of Bordeaux. Produced by Cave Cooperative of Maury, one of the VERY best in the South of France according to Robert Parker, this wine is sourced from old Grenache, Syrah, Carignan vines on limestone and schist soils. What a nice juicy wine! Well built, with an extremely fine balance of powerful red fruit flavors backed up by a firm yet silky structure and light pepper accents on the long finish. Will pair nicely with beef roasts, game, grilled meats, veal, stews, aged cheeses. Tailor made for a nice coq au vin or beouf bourguignon!