Badet Clément & Co.

Pontificis Grenache Blend

8.853 ratings
8.81 pro ratings
Languedoc Roussillon, France
Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre
Lamb, Chocolate & Caramel, Herbs, Soft Cheese, Salami & Prosciutto, Turkey, Pasta, Mushrooms, Veal, Tomato-Based, Chicken, Exotic Spices, Potato, White Rice, Duck, Nuts & Seeds, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Asian Cuisine, Salads & Greens, Quinoa, Farro, Brown Rice, Quinoa, Beef, Chili & Hot Spicy, Hard Cheese, Pork, Pungent Cheese, Venison
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8.6

While decent enough @ this price [the QPR of which is reflected by my score], I personally prefer the '15 Kirkland Sig Select Cotes du Rhone Villages @ the same price [assuming you're a COSTCO member], or **definitely** the '14 Tilia Malbec Mendoza, which 1/3 of the local COSTCOs I check still have @ $7.49, the Tilia also being a justifiable [IMHO] WA 90 pt wine. My reasoning: Either the Kirkland CdR or the Tilia offer more substance & potential than does this Pontificis, which I'd not keep beyond 2016.

While decent enough @ this price [the QPR of which is reflected by my score], I personally prefer the '15 Kirkland Sig Select Cotes du Rhone Villages @ the same price [assuming you're a COSTCO member], or **definitely** the '14 Tilia Malbec Mendoza, which 1/3 of the local COSTCOs I check still have @ $7.49, the Tilia also being a justifiable [IMHO] WA 90 pt wine. My reasoning: Either the Kirkland CdR or the Tilia offer more substance & potential than does this Pontificis, which I'd not keep beyond 2016.

2 people found it helpfulAug 22nd, 2016
Henrik Poulsen

13% alc.
40% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre.

Whether out of a Dixie cup at a neighborhood BBQ or from a Riedel XL Extreme at early dinner this demands respect.

How this can make it over the pond, get US distribution, land on store shelves and still be sold at $6.99 with a profit, is beyond me.

Simple, juicy but just plain out quaffable this should fit very well with some (good) pizza.

13% alc.
40% Grenache, 33% Syrah and 27% Mourvèdre.

Whether out of a Dixie cup at a neighborhood BBQ or from a Riedel XL Extreme at early dinner this demands respect.

How this can make it over the pond, get US distribution, land on store shelves and still be sold at $6.99 with a profit, is beyond me.

Simple, juicy but just plain out quaffable this should fit very well with some (good) pizza.

Jan 19th, 2017
Hubert Smith

Trader Joe’s does it again $9.86

Trader Joe’s does it again $9.86

Nov 8th, 2017
Kristofer Bisk

$7 Trader Joes

$7 Trader Joes

Aug 26th, 2017
Douglas H

Bitter, sour and thin when first opened. Better chilled the next day. Drinkable but not worth buying again.

Bitter, sour and thin when first opened. Better chilled the next day. Drinkable but not worth buying again.

Apr 8th, 2017
Ali Lieberman

For $6.99 at TJs, YES.

For $6.99 at TJs, YES.

Mar 15th, 2017
Kappy Paulson

Paired with our grenache and cake. Amanda liked the dark cherry. Light on the tannins

Paired with our grenache and cake. Amanda liked the dark cherry. Light on the tannins

Feb 19th, 2017
Joel Fitzpatrick

Soft, fruity start. Not dry. Good strong finish

Soft, fruity start. Not dry. Good strong finish

Jan 25th, 2017
JJ Lumia

Prior tasting notes apply.

Prior tasting notes apply.

Nov 4th, 2016
JJ Lumia

Again a few months have passed since last tasting. Still going strong. Impressive since missing classic Rhone flavors. Prior tasting notes apply. More spice box notes beginning to emerge mid-palate. Wondering if I shortchanged this just a bit in rating; then again, it's still no comparison to the 2012, which was one of my wines of the year so perhaps not. Still it's a tremendous buy and a steal at $7.

Again a few months have passed since last tasting. Still going strong. Impressive since missing classic Rhone flavors. Prior tasting notes apply. More spice box notes beginning to emerge mid-palate. Wondering if I shortchanged this just a bit in rating; then again, it's still no comparison to the 2012, which was one of my wines of the year so perhaps not. Still it's a tremendous buy and a steal at $7.

Oct 8th, 2016