Chateau 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
Price: $13 at Trader Joes
Your review is precisely why I no longer look for Bordeaux “great buys” at TJs or grocery stores.
It’s unfortunate that Bordeaux doesn’t do a better job of providing better quality entry level wines that hint at what is available in the affordable Cru Bourgeois, Petite Chateaux ranks and lower ranked 1855s.
Yes it is slim pickin’s when looking for value in Bordeaux