This is the second Trader Joe’s French wine to review. Trader Joe’s has a number of wines it sells in its stores. I can’t tell if this particular wine is an exclusive wine, however. Unlike some of these Trader Joe’s wines, this one appears to come from a real place and a real vinyard. Like most French wines sold by Trader Joe’s , this wine sports a very fancy and properly officious label, with just about everything that a French wine label is expected to have. The label indicates that the appellation is Bordeaux Superieur which requires that the wine spend at least one year in the barrel. The wine label does not say what sort of grapes are used to make the wine but it is marked officially as a “Red Wine” on the label. The website for the company suggests that their red wines are 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
What does it taste like? The wine has a perceptible berry aroma when it is tipped back. Unlike the last Trader Joe’s French Bordeaux that I tried, there is no earthiness or smoke. The tannins are fairly strong with the first sip and remain present all the way to the last drop and swallow. But the berry aroma and flavor is right there alongside the tannins and does not quit. I can say that the berry flavor is not overly complex and the tannins do overpower the berry flavor. There is also some alcohol balancing out the fruit and tannins. There is just a hint of cassis toward the end. I would give the wine about 3.5 out of 5 stars. It is a very serviceable wine and if it had just a bit more complexity in the flavor it might be much better. This might be a good wine to rack for a while as some website reviews suggest. For the price ($7-$9), it might be worth the try. This is a very good wine for that price range and if it improves with age it might be a steal.