We have reviewed this Michel Picard cab before but we value this wine and buy it often. I love it because it has everything I love in wine: it is big, it is tannic, and the aroma is pleasing and complex. These grapes are grown in Southern France. In reading about this wine, I see that these grapes are allowed to ripen fully, are de-stemmed, and a portion of the juice is strained to intensify the fruit flavors. The aroma is definitely oaky. The flavor is intense with chocolate, smoke, spice, and ripe fruit. I can’t quite distinguish which fruit, but I would lean towards blackberries. What do you think, Tom?
Tom: I’d like to point out that, because we’d had it before, I identified this wine by name when Melody presented it in a blind tasting! My tasting process is quite simple: three steps — how tannic, what fruit, and how alcoholic. This wine is quite tannic, has non-fruit flavors such as chocolate, and has a strong alcohol taste. So it’s identifiable. It’s a no-nonsense, dry French table wine for grown-ups. Quite good, and a terrific value.