The back of this wine says AOC Protogee … I did a bunch of digging and eventually found out the wine is from the Rhone valley and the wine is 50% Syrah, 30% Grenache, and 20% Mourvèdre. Dark in color with a nice black berry nose. On the mid palate the wine displays some nice black berries to match the nose along with some slight sweetness. On the medium length finish the wine displays some light tannins and acidity. This is for me similar to Cotes du Rhone village wine. It’s lighter. The LCBO say full bodied and smooth which I would say would be generous. I’d give it an 87-88. It’s not a bad wine, but not a great one either. I won’t be rushing out to grab more.
From the LCBO web site:
Xavier Ventoux 2015 Red Blend — VINTAGES#: 413211
STYLE – Full-bodied & Smooth
Named for Mount Ventoux, this region has seen winemaking since at least the first century BCE, and a potter’s workshop uncovered by archaeological excavations in the region places the earliest evidence of amphorae production in France in this region. This 2015 offers notes of fresh berry, cherry, spice and savoury wood tones crafted in a smooth and approachable style. (Vintages panel, June 2016)
Release Date:April 1, 2017
Alcohol/Vol 14.5% Made in: Rhône, France By: Xavier Vins Sugar Content:11 g/L Sweetness Descriptor:D – Dry Style:Full-bodied & Smooth