The label says 80% Grenache, 20% Syrah, but the wine has a tannic presence that would lead you to believe the percentage of Syrah is much higher. It's a deep, purplish color, and the tannins are apparent even from the opening sniff--peels, stems, dark berries, pepper and spice. Those carry through on the flavors, but again there are stern tannins that augur well for the future.
This bottle of Les Trois Couronnes confirms what I found in the first bottle I tried (September, 2008). A later bottle (December 17, 2008) was more foward with none of the tannic sternness. I described it as ripe, almost to a fault. Are there two lots of this wine? Or bottle variation? I have several more bottles--all purchased at D&W Parkview in Kalamazoo for $6.99. It's a great value; I've seen it priced at $13 to $15 elsewhere in the country.