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CHÂTEAU SAINT-ROCH CHIMÈRES GRENACHE/SYRAH/CARIGNAN 2018 AP Côtes du Roussillon-Villages, Midi, France
Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer Maison Lafage
A REPEAT of the recommended best buy 2018 (**+) was released on July 24, 2021 at $19.95. Assessed from a bottle just purchased at the LCBO. This consistent crowd-pleaser has a bright extremely deep intense purple-ruby colour. The nose is intense, very spicy, fairly complex and juicy with ripe plum-cherry-cassis purée fruit along with some cedar-mocha-chocolate-sandalwood notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, very spicy, intense, very ripe, plummy-black-cherry purée flavours with a mineral-tinged and a rather cedary, lingering, extracty finish. This blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Cinsault is half aged in demi-muids, the other half in concrete tanks and has 15% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with a new lot number L201225 on the lower part of the glass bottle. CSPC 119354
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Gle Win
Country France
Region Midi
Rating **/**+(88.5 points)
Bright, Ripe, Plum-Cherry Purée
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: The 2018 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Chimères is 40% Grenache and 30% each Carignan and Syrah, aged 14 months in a combination of concrete tanks and oak demi-muids. Like virtually all of the Lafageaffiliated wines, it overdelivers for the price, offering up bushels of blueberries, cherries and stone fruit, tamed into savoriness on the finish by hints of wood spice and black olives. It's full-bodied and concentrated but supple, making it drinkable now and over the next five or so years. Impressively, this is a stronger effort than the 2017. Drink date: 2020- 2025. Score - 91 (Joe Czerwinski, robertparker.com, June 11, 2020) Price $ 19.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - December 11, 2021
Cases bought 1593 (12 bottles per case)

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Score:  - NOT PRESENTED  * Very Basic   *+ OK   ** Good   **/**+ Very Good   **+ Excellent   *** Outstanding   ***+ Superb

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