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chateau rodierChateau Rodier is owned by Vignobles Capdemourlin, a large and highly regarded Saint-Émilion wine company. These grapes are from Montagne-Saint-Émilion, the largest satellite of the more famous Saint-Émilion appellation in the right bank Libournais sub-region of Bordeaux. This is straightforward vin ordinaire, a rustic table wine made from mostly Merlot, a lesser percentage of Cabernet Franc with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The nose is quite ripe showing black plum and a hint of raisin, with prominent graphite. The palate sports a juicy introduction with leather and licorice, but hard, bullying acidity enters at midpalate battling with grainy, grippy tannins to create quite a scrum on the finish. Oh well. There is lots of robust flavor here, sinewy with utterly no finesse but an honest wine.

Lo/Hi by the Black Keys brings the same simple, raw energy. Both the wine and the song are throwbacks

Score: 83

Price: $13 at Trader Joes

Alc: 14%

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