When first opened and tasted alongside the 1989 Domaine Saint Gayan Gigondas, this wine tasted relatively simple, as well it should. It's a young, inexpensive coop wine from a modest appellation.
It's a deep crimson, lighter than the Gigondas but brighter and clearer. The aromatic profile is similar--red raspberries with a background of pepper and spice. In the mouth, it's very ripe but with good raspberry acidity and a peppery finish that seems to broaden and deepen with each sip. Even on the second night, it's a very impressive wine for its price ($8.99)...or, for that matter, any price.