augeyMore cheap swill from Bordeaux but it’s an honest wine. It tastes exactly like cheap Bordeaux.

Red currant, smoke and green twiggy notes suggest under ripe grapes, confirmed by the meager palate which is thin, tart and roughly-textured with a medium length puckering finish. The nose has some presence but its hard to get much enjoyment from this.

If you are like me you can’t resist trying an unfamiliar, inexpensive Bordeaux just to see if someone has figured out how to make a contemporary, affordable wine from that region for the export market. They rarely deliver even for the price.

75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon.

Score: 82

Price: $8

Alc: 12%

The music must be light, spare, rustic, and a little sad. Johnny’s looking good in this one.