Reigning from Bordeaux, I shared this bottle with friends on New Years during probably the most infuriating and disappointing dining experience I’ve had. In the interest of brevity I will not approach those demons here but will say that a certain French restaurant next to Sabor in Edmonton has lost several customers.
All that said we were fortunate to at least have finished this bottle before the night took its turn or else this review could have taken a much sterner tone. On the nose there is slight oak and red fruit with some plum. The palate is complex, but being Merlot dominant is not overly biting. I found it balanced if a little reserved but the palate is full of cassis and a hint of cedar spice.
The finish is long and smooth and very enjoyable. Once again this bottle shows that the price of a bottle does not need to be exorbitant to find quality. At $45 in a restaurant, that is more than fair value. Excellent!