Bordeaux on Our Table

Croix

Chateau La Croix du Duc
Bordeaux AC
2007

This 100% Merlot is brilliant cherry red and very clear in the glass. It delivers a funky, earthy nose when first poured, but after a few minutes, it starts sending up aromas of violets, lavender, and a sweaty meatiness I find appealing in French reds. It's thin on the palate, though, its light berry fruits slightly overwhelmed by tannins, and it finishes dry.

Still, it's a decent wine to serve tonight with soup and crusty olive bread, marrying the flavors of our provincial fare.

Price: $10
The croix of the matter: A simple table wine, good with a loaf and thou.

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