For $15 a bottle, the 2009 vintage of Chateau L’Escart is not bad (a blend of 50% merlot and cabernet sauvignon). A medium intensity ruby in colour, the aroma is mostly clean (there appeared to be a slight touch of “brett” – I don’t generally mind this in small doses – but you might), and is developing.
Raspberries, gravel, pepper, cloves and a touch of blackcurrants are there. A bit of hay too. The palate is dry, with mostly medium tannin, body and flavour intensity, and is balanced and pleasant. For $15, it’s certainly worth a look, although I have experienced some bottle variation with this producer in earlier vintages. 84-85 points (good-very good)