2006 Clos LaChance Merlot

2006 Clos LaChance MerlotPrice: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Clos LaChance “Aromas of red plums and cranberries. Vanilla and cinnamon with undertones of dried cherry and a slight herbal note. Soft, velvety entry with subtle cherry fruit and plumy flavors. If I could use one word to describe this wine, it would be “smooth.” The mid-palate is soft, yet has a presence. A touch of dusty vanilla and spice. The finish is supple, but has some length to it. Try with a grilled pork tenderloin or spaghetti marinara.”

What I Think:

A short time back I mentioned my angst around wineries who offer their product via Trader Joe’s but continue to sell them at greater prices on their own website. To me this is a poke in the eye to your most loyal customers. As I mentioned then, Rabbit Ridge sets the gold standard here for making their wine available to club members for $50 a case before shipping it off to Trader Joe’s. While Clos LaChance did offer this mea culpa of sorts guessing they never offered this to club members for $5 a bottle. Why? Because as you will see below this wine is way too good not to get bought up by those in the know. So onto the wine…

On the nose you get bold, dark fruits with olive and black pepper notes. Nice mouthfeel starts with rich red fruit that mellows with some acidity emerging mid palate to keep it balanced and finishes in a rush of chocolate dusted red (cherry?) fruit. This is a solid wine from start to finish. With little to no tannins throughout this one is soft and smooth which make it easy for a whole bottle to disappear before you even notice. At $5 I have to give this one a bulk buy as it is worth double the money. That said I fear I’m teasing you as I am it seems availability is almost zero so good luck hunting it down. Let me know if/where you find it!

Rating: Bulk Buy

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4 thoughts on “2006 Clos LaChance Merlot

  1. This bottle usually goes for $15 a bottle and is only sold mainly at the winery or restaurants. I don’t think this Merlot is still available at Traders Joe’s, well at least in So Ca. It was a hustle buy, so I will have to check. A little light for a Merlot but very smooth and drinkable.

  2. Jason, why is it so difficult to find a link to put a comment on your blog these days if we are not tweeters? Tell me where to find the link!

    I was wondering if anyone else had gotten the recently-promoted sanTelmo Esencia Malbec 2009 (IF Mendoza).
    I got a bottle at the Sepulveda/Mar Vista TJ’s on rec from the old friend wine guru there.
    Easy drinking (quaffability high) but not much more than a nice summer lunch drink by my palate. Anyone else have an opinion?

  3. No availability on the east coast here in DC.

    By the way, I just discovered your blog and am so delighted to know about it. We’re a just out of grad school couple here who entertain boatloads, but have very little money. It’s so nice to find someone who treats under $10 reviews as seriously as ones for wines way out of our range. Thank you, and we’ll be subscribing!

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