91pointsDomaine Calvet-Thunevin 2008 Les Trois Marie Red (Côtes du Roussillon Villages)

Despite the age, this still drinks quite young and tight, with firm tannins and a gripping structure framed against a fleshy black-fruit center. Rich and dense notes of blackberry, boysenberry and plum are laced with hints of cigar spice, licorice and toasted vanilla, and a sweet-wood sensation stays through the long finish. Big in almost every regard, this should continue to age well through 2016. Lauren Buzzeo

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  • Alcohol
    15%
  • Bottle Size
    750 ml
  • Category
    Red
  • Importer
    Multiple U.S. importers
  • Date Published
    11/1/2013
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    Not rated yet [Add Your Review]
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