The blend: 50% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Carignan
Price: $15-$20 as sampled $9.97 at Costco on markdown
Ratings: 91 points Wine Spectator, Tom Stevenson’s Wine Report rated it the “Number one value in Languedoc”
The Nose: Intense Thyme, Graphite, Minerality
The Palate: More Thyme, Minerality, Meat. After a few hours in the decanter the tannins and fruit started to shine through. Tart spicy blackberry fruit, astringent mouth puckering tannins. After 5 hours in the decanter the tannins have died down considerably, elegant smooth and not overly fruity, still a powerful wine.
The Finish: Smooth, balanced, becoming more and more delicious with more time in the decanter