LePlan-Vermeersch GT-A Grand Terroir Aramon, 2009

Stinkingly alcoholic, gorgeous with food, deeply flavourful and rich, berries layered with vanilla layered with a smoky finesse.  A fine foil for beef, how we drank it, but brutally over-the-top forward as an aperitif; you might as well dig out the Johnnie Walker Green Label if that’s your thing.  I am told that Parker gave it 94 points.  Really?  Reminds me how year after year the Milanese style mavens push suits with tailored short pants for men to wear to the office and the idea never sticks.  Maybe Robert has shares in the vineyard?  We liked it, hands down, but there was nothing to get excited over.

 

We are fully aware that mature grapes provide a special nuance to wine, along with of course a strong alcoholic hit, and that nuance is (so they say) the reason these hi-test wines score so well, but, really, it’s time to give it a rest boys.

 

Price: $27.95 at BC Liquor

 

Market Liquidity: Like drinking at a high altitude.

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