no additives (in particular, no sulfur); 14% ABV
Pays D’oc IGP, southern France
$4 on 31 March
On the first night I opened this, I didn’t think too much of it. It showed typical Cabernet flavors of Bing cherry, redder blackcurrant, and cranberry, but struck me as boringly generic winemaking that could well have been Californian but for some extra acid. However, it did strike me as a young wine, still rather fresh-juicy, which would likely improve with age. I decanted this wine off a decent amount of fine sediment, but the dregs did not taste bad, and I might even prefer it with the sediment in this case.
The next night, the saved half bottle (stoppered with very little air) needed another couple hours in a decanter to also show some of the darker fruits touted for this wine on the Bertrand web site: darker blackcurrant, blueberry, maybe even some blackberry. The wine winds up still being pretty fresh-fruity, but entertainingly complex and tasty, and it will likely improve with another year or two in cool storage. Overall, if you have the patience, Thumbs Up!