After drinking many California Merlot’s it was time to move on to some old world wines, particularly the 2006 Jean-Philippe Janoueix Bordeaux. This dark ruby wine is made with 100% Merlot and comes with a blackberry cherry old world taste.
You’ll find this Bordeaux doesn’t bomb your pallet with fruits, it smoothly touches your taste buds with the earthy tones of soil, leather, creamy dark fruit and rich cherry. This red wine arrives with 12.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and is well balanced with structured tannins, subtle cherry flavored and leathery silk. This will not overwhelm you with alcoholic tastes and tends to be at its best after a few hours of decanting.
Overall, for a Bordeaux under twenty dollars, this has a classic old world appeal. If you’re a new world california Merlot drinker you should try a 2006 Jean-Philippe Janoueix Bordeaux to help expand your pallet.