RKS Wine: Château le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhônes-Villages 2019

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)

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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