Chateau La Croix du Duc
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.
The croix of the matter: A simple table wine, good with a loaf and thou.