I do say dear reader, that some bottles of wine, particularly those from grandiose sounding French estates, are somewhat...daunting.

Even the flipping label - which is lovely I might add - sporting a large gold crest, and regal font, with some fellow named "Baron de Montfort" scribbled on the front, makes one want to check one's appearance and ensure one's shoes are rightly polished.

And EVEN in the tasting of the wine, one also almost feels like they should be looking for and what more, finding! nuanced flavours that obviously must have been included in the crafting of such a beautiful wine: damn you! slightly ripened plums! damn you! freshly tilled earth!

Etc. etc.

Well I'll have none of that here on Matt's Wine Not! I'll wear an old t-shirt and not find a damned nuanced flavour, if that's how I want to do it!

I still have a job to do however, and I must carry on...(by reading the back of the bottle and telling you what it says).

This nice wine comes to you from a wine making family that has been in the trade for four centuries (pretty good!) just outside of Bordeaux, perhaps the most famous of French wine making regions, and is a blend of three grape varieties: 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. Our friends at wiki have informed me that the Franc is used largely in France for blending with the other two varieties, but is in fact the FATHER of Cabernet Sauvignon (the mother being Sauvignon Blanc). Wow, what is this, Maury Povich?

Anyway! Yo yo yo yo...it's WYNE TYME!

Naturally corked as per the photo above, this wine gives a deep rich red colour. Very regal to match the equally regal label. That folks, is LOGIC!

The nose emits a noticeable alcohol zing, with deep "red" flavours of berries, including strawberry, and perhaps blueberry?; it is definitely robust and full (not surprising at 13.5% alcohol).

Upon tasting, prepare for a VERY dry experience, but with a rich medium bodied, dark fruit taste to compensate and enrich your taste buds. This wine certainly falls into the vein of other French reds which I've reviewed that produce dark fruit-tasting wines which are satisfying and quite tasty.

The aftertaste still allowed some of its fruit goodness to resonate, but was still dry, yet balanced with the fruit and thankfully not bitter.

So! Despite its rather imposing appearance, this was a fruit-forward wine 0f the dark variety, uncomplicated, and satisfying. Tres bien!

*** out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$15.00 (US$14.12).

From LCBO.com:

LCBO/Vintages #140012
Wine, Red Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: XD
Made in: Bordeaux, France
By: Baron de Montfort

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