Yvon Mau Merlot, VDP, 2011, France

What wine could one possibly buy, from France, here in Canada, for less than $10? That was the question we set out to answer, and trust me, it wasn’t an easy feat. By far, when comparing other geographies decked in our Ontario liquor stores, the ‘France’ section comes with the least amount of under $10 wines.  Nonetheless, in our search we did come across a Merlot, from the Aude region in France that is a Vin de Pays, meaning one step above table wine.  Oh… don’t raise your brow. We have had our share of good table wine on our past trips to Europe, so a VDP doesn’t scare our palates!

Upon first pour, the Yvon Mau Merlot is light ruby red in colour, with good clarity and edges. On the nose, you pick up definite hints of plum, cherry, and some spice. On the palate, the red berry taste and definite anise is deduced, accompanied by a short to medium finish that lingers with distinct grape juice or even popsicles remnants.  Though the tannins are refined, this wine is reminiscent of  a more rudimentary vintner process and actually does remind us of traditional home brewed table wine that an industrial host would serve.

Though we were not fond of this budget wine from France, we’re not giving up on this wine originating country. In addition to covering under $10 wines from other countries, you can be sure that we’re going on the hunt for another French budget wine that will impress.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $8.95

We gave this wine a score of 2/5