The 2007 is still the vintage of the moment for this Valreas Prestige, available at Trader Joe's for $5.99 a bottle. The wine has always been one of my Trader Joe favorites, and this vintage is particularly noteworthy.
The promise that I saw in my earlier bottles has pretty much been realized, although there is still some growth to come. It's still a deep purplish crimson; the fresh berry scents now have hints of fresh ground peppercorn and Provencal herbs. There is a depth and complexity that is highly unusual in a wine at this price level, and the texture is silky smooth with no signs of heat or over-ripeness.
A Valreas Val des Rois available across town at Village Corner in Ann Arbor is without question a superior wine--but at two and one-half times the price. The 2004 Val des Rois holds a special place in my cellar; I have not yet tried the 2007 but plan to buy some soon.