2007 Château Paradis "Terre de Provence-Tradition" Coteaux d'Aix En Provence
91 points Robert Parker: "The 2007 Tradition, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Grenache, and 10% Syrah, is a serious wine. It exhibits a dense purple color as well as full-bodied creme de cassis, licorice, tobacco leaf, and spice box notes, sweet tannin, fresh acids, and a terrific texture as well as length. This beauty should drink nicely for 4-5 years." K&L readers please take note: Château Paradis produces two distinct red wines. The big brother is known as the "Terres des Anges". The second wine or little brother is called the "Tradition". However for the US market the "Tradition" is called "Terre de Provence". Robert Parker's review above references the "Tradition", which in fact is the same wine as the "Terre de Provence". In between Mount Sainte Victoire and the Luberon, you'll find Château Paradis, a beautiful winemaking estate owned by Philippe and Juliette Deschamps. Château Paradis covers an area of approximately 30 hectares (45 acres) with vines approximately 40 years in age. All of the grapes are hand harvested and sorted out in small cases. This 2007 red is a taste of the South of France in a bottle. Enjoy it now and over the next several years with just about any hearty Provencal fare. It has a spicy, yet mineral aroma, with plenty of sweet fruit at the core. Decant one hour and enjoy. (Clyde Beffa) 14.5% abv.