Anytime I see a Bordeaux under $20 it catches my eye. And this one was recommended by a friend. Inky dark in color with a mild nose of red berries oak and some earthy notes. On the mid pallet the wine displays some smooth rich dark berries. Like most Bordeauxs this wine lives in the finish. And so it does. It’s got some lovely velvety tannins, some oak along with some mild acidity. The wine coats the mouth nicely and leaves a flavor of dark berries that lives on in a long finish. This is indeed a very nice wine. Especially given the price. It should easily keep 5 years. I would give it a solid 89-90. Yumm. I bought some extra for the cellar! Thanks Gerry!

From the LCBO web site:
CHÂTEAU ROLAND LA GARDE 2009 VINTAGES 193078 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 17.85
Made in: Bordeaux, France By: Veyret Latour
Release Date: Aug 31, 2013
13.0% Alcohol/Vol. Style: Full-bodied & Smooth
Sugar Content: 4 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Tasting Note
Deep, dark and delicious Bordeaux from the blockbuster 2009 vintage. Ripe dark cherry, currants, blackberry, smoked meat, cola, chocolate and vanilla all make an appearance. Nice concentration, and no shortage of flavour, with some brightness and lift on the mid-palate. Enjoy over the next 5 years with grilled lamb or smoky steaks. (VINTAGES panel, July 2013)

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