Shiraz-Cabernet from Provence: Château Sainte Marguerite Symphonie Pourpre 2017

A French take on Shiraz-Cabernet. Or do they make the original one? This blend is not uncommon in the south of France, just think of such icons as Domaine de Trevallon.

An interesting wine. My impression is that it’s on the way to find it’s own style, but it’s not quite there yet. A funky opening, animalistic notes (reduction perhaps) mix with oak spices. Smooth texture, a creaminess that suggests new oak, though the (very) low acid helps that too. Lacks some acidity, but fortunately, it’s dry, the firm tannins on the finish save it from being flabby. The intensity is great, it has an impact, will appear to many, but it’s a bit weird, and I miss some varietal character.

Rating: good, 86 points.
Price: 21.16 Euros (Vinatis).
Value: I would not buy this vintage again.
Tasted: July, 2019.
Source: I bought it online.
Drinking window: 2019-2022.

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