A tip of the hat to Marcus for locating this inexpensive wine from Cahors.
The 2002 Castel Montplaisir by Alain-Dominique Perrin (Chateau Lagrezette) comes from the French A.O.C. of Cahors, a region dominated by the Malbec (or Auxerrois) grape - a grape that has made its fame in Argentina. It was a deep cherry red, almost purple in colour. The nose was leather and prunes at first, later showing coffee, berries (blackberry/cherry), mint, pepper, and a delightful gamey smell. On the palate it was leathery cherries in a balanced package with a rustic edge. Slightly tart, likely due to the weak 2002 vintage, with a short finish that says "Drink Now!".
Price: C$13.30 (SAQ)