The label says it all.
A restrained colour scheme consisting of three colours only. A tasteful charcoal rendering of a Chateau surrounded by vineyards, set in the verdant French countryside. Lots of long French words.
And the absence of any label on the back harping on about ‘mouthwatering berry fruits’ and how it’s best served with barbequed quail eggs or somesuch.
This all points to one thing: a no-nonsense Bordeaux wine.
I bought it online, where it was singled out by the retailer as a very good one for the price. They were right.
It’s very savoury, that’s probably the first thing to say. Sure, there’s also red berry fruits in here. A splash of ripe plum to get you salivating, and a hint of warming spice.
But then comes the tobacco, just a pinch, and a crisp acidity before a nice sustained finish. It’s all very well-balanced, you understand. Restrained and elegant.
The blend is primarily Merlot, thanks to the clay soil that predominates on the 12-acre estate where the wine originates, in the Médoc commune of Macau. For those who like their taste quantified, the mix is 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc.
The result is a medium bodied, light red liquid. It’s gently tannic and pretty easy-drinking, though has a dry seriousness that this term suggests it wouldn’t.
In the absence of the back label I will tell you that it would, as you might expect, be great with red meat, game – all that classy stuff.
I, by contrast, had it with some simple pesto’n’pasta. Not an ideal combination, made worse by the huge amount of partially-dried ‘hard cheese’ I managed to pour onto it (the pasta, not the wine).
Still, they both tasted good individually, even if they didn’t meld particularly well. It would take more than an excess of cheap Italian cheese to put off this French charmer.
I got my bottle for ￡8.75 from Brighton-based Elwood Wines.