1998 Mme. Nicolas Cartier et ses fils Mas de Gourgonnier Reserve
Baux de Provence, France
WB Rating: 89

Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
Price at time of purchase: $17.00 (North Berkely Wine Imports)
Type: Provence Red
Principal varietal(s): Mainly Syrah and Cabernet

Inky dark purple. Intense, complex, ever-evolving nose of tobacco, smoky dark berries, and powerful cassis. Would be a fascinating ringer in a St. Emilion tasting, as it has a lot of characteristics in common with a full-bodied Bordeaux -- perhaps not as perfumed, but with loads of depth and complexity. Muscular and firm, this wine has years of positive evolution ahead of it, but it's already drinking nicely. Would blow away most California Merlots or Cabs in this price range. - HK 2002-10-01


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