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la fleur du roiThis is what cheap Bordeaux should taste like.

Simple plum with chocolate hints that peek around the funky earth that reminds me of decaying leaves (which to me is a pleasant aroma). This is an everyday wine but it has the vigor to move the mind placing you in a forest in early fall. An under $10 wine that can do that is to be treasured. The palate is  round up front but tart acidity is immediately apparent so the texture feels layered despite being a bit slender. The tannins are soft at first and then gently drying with acidity driving the medium length finish.

80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Sauvignon.

A humble but sincere wine with an autumnal flair.

The hushed but hopeful Northern Sky by Nick Drake with its softly vibrant texture captures the mood.

Score: 87

Price: $10

Alc: 12.5