15.6 percent alcohol. I repeat, 15.6%. That is, quite frankly, an assault. I lay harassment charges.
Decanter called this “intensely concentrated” and impressive for a Villages. So, yes, it is that and then some. It is deeply, deeply concentrated. It looks twice as dark as Ribena and has the weight of, I don’t know, somewhere between platinum and plutonium. Organic, so there’s that.
Is it good? Deliriously good. Sip after sip after sip. But so is a decent Macallan, if it’s a matter of sipping, of nursing. Not particularly food friendly; a gulp or two and you’ll need a lie down. Smokers beware: Light a match and it could combust.
While I’m being lighthearted I’m also half serious: There has to be a civilized ceiling to alcohol content. There’s a standard for everything else in France…
Price: $33 at Marquis but for a half case lot with a discount an extremely reasonable $29.
Market Liquidity: “…happy in the haze of a drunken hour, but heaven knows I’m miserable now…”