I say this honestly – it wasn’t because it was the last bottle on the shelf, and it wasn’t the fact that my hand dandy LCBO buddy came running over to ensure I got the last bottle that made me pick up Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs D’Altitude Cabardès; it was the year (2009), the appellation (Cabardès) and the blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Grenache, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec that did it to me.

Uniquely, the area of  Cabardès sits between the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux and as a result, the grapes used to make this wine gem, come from both regions!  Nonetheless, with a robust blend such as this, and four years into the aging process, my senses told me it was just coming into its own.  So, despite all of the other tell tale signs on how fantastic this wine must be, I grabbed it up to fulfill my own ‘need to know’!

On colour, the Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs D’Altitude Cabardès holds a garnet red hue.  On the nose, fantastic scents of cassis, cocoa, plum and spice blend together nicely, creating a euphoric bouquet.  On the palate, well let’s just say I am adding this to my list of fantastic red blends.  This wine comes with a well balanced tannic structure with a medium to long finish. Tastes of  cherry, plum, chocolate, and currant are noted.

We paired our Chateau de Pennautier Terroirs D’Altitude Cabardès with a creamy oka cheese and found the pairing delightful.  With that being said, the refined tannins and noticeably smooth finish makes this wine a joy to drink on its own too.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $16.96

We gave this wine a 5 out of 5