If you prefer the wines of Bordeaux a common feature on their label is some Château in picture and in name. Who kidnaped the château on the front of this bottle? There is no château written and for pictorial representation perhaps it is there but so far in the distance.
The wine is 100% Merlot. It has been aged in oak barriques. Where is the oak from? How long was it aged in oak? The reclatricant label?
On the nose redolent with ripe red cherries. In the background a hulking yet non-threatening mass of just on the edge of maximum ripeness raspberries and strawberries.
This Bordeaux is smooth with gentle tannins and it is wine fit for sipping. A thin but prescient streak of cherry, cranberry tinged by a bit of raspberry jam charges down the tongue culminating in a juicy finish with a slight bit of grey pepper.
The wine is at its peak. Best consume by the end of 2022.
(Chombart & Speck Cave Mystére, Merlot 2019, Châteauu Lamothe de Haux, $19.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 17232, 750 mL, 14%, RKS Wine Rating 90/100).