The wine is a GSM blend. 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Mourvèdre. It comes from 45-year-old vines.
On the nose big fat very ripe strawberries, black cherries, raspberries, red plum and sarsaparilla. Low on tannins with a big undertow of spice, hot red pepper, dark chocolate, black licorice, black cherry and blackberry fruit “wine”. Medium finish. A cloistered and tight-fisted wine. Good food match with Umami Garlic Noodles with Mustard Greens (from New York Times). Drink by the end of 2023. Best suited with food.
(Château Le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2019, AOC Plan de Dieu, Aubert Frères, Travaillan, France, $16.95, 750 mL, 15%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 224592, RKS Wine Rating 89/100)