Laurus

Cost: $26.95 (Clearance: $18.90)
Grape Variety: Syrah, Grenache
Category: Red Wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintages
Country: France
Region: Gigondas
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Gabriel Meffre
Alcohol: 14.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Medium+ ruby in colour and a medium+ nose.

Selecting the correct wine glass is critical to getting the positives out of this wine. I sampled the wine in several different types of glasses and found it either lacking or hot due to the alcohol. The Sommelier Riedel Syrah glass was the perfect match.

Positives: The wine features cedar, lots of pepper and peppercorns, blackberry, bramble fruit, light tar, espresso, lavender, mushrooms and chalk. Medium+ body with medium+ tannins, good acidity and a good length.

Negatives: A little hot from the 14.5% alcohol.

Drink now on its own or cellar it for another 5 years. Pair it with Veal Marsala.

Tasted: 23 June 13

Score: 8.5+/10, Value: 8.5/10 (Clearance: 9/10)

Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 3.5+

LCBO: 16113