Original tasting and review, seven years from vintage date , October, 2013: This is Chimeres Chateau Saint-Roch, Cotes du Roussillon Villages, France, 2006, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled at seven years of age. This is a blend of 60% black grenache, 30% syrah and 10% carignan.
In the glass: Deep magenta with some brick at the edge. Muddy and opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, aromatic shoe polish fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be sweet but perhaps with a charge of bitterness.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact multi-layered in its shoe-polish, purple aromatics; showing full bright fruit and prickly purple depth. Finish is sleek.
In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.
Updated tasting and review, more than a year later, now nine years from vintage date , January, 2015: Medium deep black red, Subtle, deep red fruit on the nose. Clean, lithe, tannic ripe blackberry on the palate.
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