Two years ago (January, 2016) I said some bad things about this wine. It must have been an off bottle, subjected to bad storage or transportation before it got to my cellar. With this bottle tonight, I take it all back. Domaine Diochon is an excellent wine that ages well, and, at $20 to $25 a bottle, one of the world's great wine bargains.
At 18 years of age, the color has lightened a bit but is still a bright ruby. (Not so with the 2016 bottle.) The bouquet is slow to open but has a lovely subtlety. Cherries, pomegranates, flowers. Same on the palate. It's not made to bowl you over but rather to give you a pleasurable dining experience. And that it does. We had it with a simple meal of tomato soup and salad, but the wine brought the experience to a whole different level. Subtle, smooth, no hard edges and a long, long finish. Glad I still have another bottle.