Lets get down to business. What does it taste like? First, this wine had some fruit on the first sip. There was a slight earthy taste and a distinct smell of smoke. After the first sip the fruit seemed to go away rather quickly and it was replaced with a medium tannin with a layer of chocolate. As I worked down the glass the tannins steadily increased and the alcohol became totally dominant. The finish is strong tannins and alcohol (the bottle states that it has 13.5% alcohol). I can’t say that I could perceive much else after a few sips. I would give the wine about 2 out of 5 stars. For the price ($7-$9) it is about what you might expect for a French wine at that price point. Not really a bargain if one is hoping for a really nice French wine, but a fair price for a French wine that isn’t off-putting as some cheap French wines can be.