Belgian wrote:Château Le Grand Retour Plan de Dieu Côtes du Rhône-Villages 2016
Here is a well put together GSM blend red from the Côtes du Rhône, with the 'Villages' on the label to indicate more select vineyards. Grenache, my favourite Rhone grape leads the way making up over half the blend, the rich Syrah and moody Mourvèdre make up the remainder. Some good black fruit fullness, spice box and herbaceous florals. I like the acidity and dry tannins framing the structure and the black cherry nuances. Very good for $15.95
A year later we have the 2017, still this price. Very full and black berry-fruity with warm spice and brambles, a hot dry climate Southern Rhône red, budget style.
It's still slightly youthful and sulfury when first opened and could use some air, but all the good bits seemto be here, acidity and nice tannins. Great mouth feel.