A Dazzling Roussillon for $15

  • Some of the best wine values are coming from the South of France, and this wine is a perfect example
  • Jeb Dunnuck gives it a 93-point rating on the Wine Advocate, “I would gladly pay three to four times the going rate. Bravo!”
  • Another masterful import by Eric Solomon
2015 Saint-Roch Chimeres

2015 Saint-Roch Chimeres from the Roussillon in the South of France

2015 Château Saint-Roch “Chimères” Côtes du Roussillon-Villages

Review by Vintage Wine Taster Mike B

Eric Solomon, one of my favorite wine gurus, imports this lovely wine from the Roussillon.  I purchased the Saint-Roch Chimeres at the Redwood City KL Wine shop. What an outstanding wine bargain for $14.99. The 2015 Chateau Saint-Roch Chimeres is a classic Rhone blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Carignane, 20% Syrah, and 10% Mourvedre from vines 60 years old. I feel it takes a good 30 minutes to bring out the best; give it time to breathe. The wine has ample dark fruit characteristics throughout, with an added touch of spiciness. It is a wonderful match with red meats and roasted chicken. The alcohol is 15% but is not apparent on the palate. I like the Saint-Roch more so than the Delas that I reviewed last week. I give it 89 Points. I have always been known as a tough grader, so 89 is very fair.

Back label Saint-Roch Chimeres

Back label Saint-Roch Chimeres

Some Bargain Wine News

Costco

Over the last couple of months, we have noticed that the wine stock at our local Costco stores is improving. There are more boutique wines and more 90-point plus wines on the shelves.  In some stores, Costco has separated the bulk and inexpensive from the more upscale wines. The upscale wine area wines are from $10 to very expensive. There are more choices than previously. These wines come from all the important wine regions of the world. The price is usually the best you can find for any particular wine.  The main issue is getting help when you need it quickly. The wine steward is not always available to help customers.

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