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This co-op wine from Alliance Bourg is interesting and unusual. Aromas of dried black cherry, dust, and hints of fennel contend with more raw wood than is common for Cotes de Bordeaux but I found it intriguing. My guess is it’s designed for the International market.

Up front it’s a bit meager in the mouth with dried fruit on a light to medium body. Angular, but with plenty of back end structure, the texture fills out as it lingers on the palate with good length on firm tannins. The menthol character on the finish is quite refreshing. It could use some more time in the bottle to allow the oak to integrate.

This is made by the co-op Alliance Bourg and features a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Blaye is a large, diverse region on the Right Bank across the river from Medoc. Now part of the Cotes de Bordeaux appellation with the designation Blaye subject to more strict standards they produce a lot of ordinary table wine but there are some good bargains to be had. I picked this up for $12 at Costco but I’ve seen it listed at $37 upon release. It is definitely worth $12, at $37 I’m less enthusiastic although its eccentric, yet rustic charm will still satisfy. It will likely age well and may be worth laying down.

Rustic but a bit garish and bohemian in the way it flaunts its originality, a good wine for the hungry women on Rue Morgue Ave.

Score: 88

Price: $12-$37

Alc:  13%

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