On my latest Air Canada flight to Vancouver I was disappointed that the four wines available were the same as those tasted last month. Nothing to write about. Then I heard the stewardess speaking to the guy in front of me, apoligizing that the Argentinian Shiraz was finished but she had a "French red" that he might like.
The "French red" was a 2005 Chateau Calbet Grande Cuvee Cabardes AOC, a blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and grenache. Very disappointing. Very little on the nose - lots of smoke, some blackberry, toast and that sweetish smell of a hot climate wine. On the palate it was light- to medium-bodied, with an almond extract taste that was dominated by alcohol (despite the low-ish alcohol on the label). Green fruit and an unnatural taste of oak. Overall, too tart, unbalanced and uninteresting. With so many great grenache/shiraz wines in this region, one has to wonder at the grapes this estate is growing? At least it was free. I switched to the Codorniu Cava after half a glass.