CHÂTEAU D’OR ET DE GUEULES LES CIMELS 2013

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France — Rhône • $15.95 • 88/100

This wine is a blend of 60% Syrah with 30% Carrignan and 10% Grenache, where the Carrignan has undergone carbonic maceration prior to finishing with traditional fermentation, to help brighten the fruit and soften the tannins. It shows deep and dark at the core, with bright ruby-red on the rim. The slightly smoky nose presents aromas of ripe blueberry and blackberry, with notes of lavender, dried herbs, black licorice and damp earth. The wine is dry, with balanced acidity and alcohol — although the alcohol may be a little higher than the stated 13.5% — and chewy, but ripening tannins. There is some breadth from aging in older oak. A bigger, bolder wine, and a good value. • Tasted 2017-02-04 • LCBO id#480301 • Find it at your nearest LCBONATURAL VINES (Agent)

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