This wine was a strong performer (in my mind, anyway) at our Under $35 tasting, and was also one of my Top 50 Cellar Picks, so it should be no surprise that it was heartily enjoyed tonight.
The 2001 Chateau Signac "Cuvee Terra Amata" comes from the Côtes du Rhône region of France, and is a blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mouvedre. Deep cherry red, with gobs of glorious sludge left in the bottle (all the great wines have tons of goop), it started strutting its stuff after an hour in the decanter. Jammy blackberry and very meaty on the nose, with smoke, mocha, spice, mint, cedar and subtle floral aromas rounding out this racy, beautiful wine. On the palate it was a rich, meaty, full-bodied wine with nice cherry fruit and great balance. Nice, supple tannins, but the elevated alcohol was somewhat noticeable. Overall, a lovely modern-styled Rhone red, good now, or over the next few years. A nice match for a Beef Wellington.
Price: C$26 (SAQ)