Silverdale, WA 14% alc. (Purchased on 10/22/13)
I believe this is the first Cotes Do Marmandais I’ve ever had. It’s in southwest France, just outside the borders of Bordeaux. This red is 80% Merlot and 20% Malbec.
Pours a very clear medium garnet with a very earthy, mushroomy and slightly medicinal Bordeaux-like nose. Very light and soft on the front of the tongue, but fills out considerably at mid-palate with firm, chewy tannins…then oddly softens again in the finish. Flavors are more Right Bank due to the majority Merlot content and are again earthy, lightly medicinal, perhaps a little black peppery, some cherry and licorice and a bit cardboardy. Leaves a slightly drying feeling in the finish. This is a very austere, old world style red that some of our readers may find appealing. I read one online French site that suggested this particular vintage of Ch. Soubiran should be kept five years at most, which would be right now! I concur. $7.99 seems a bit steep for a GO red that few shoppers are likely to be familiar with.