Oh how the might have fallen. This was the go to bottle a few years ago. Had that kind of bordeaux feel, but a hell of a lot cheaper. Every vintage has got subtle crapper.
On the plus side it is still one heck of a deal at $15, pretty good value at $18. If you can get the Grand Mercure however, you will be in lion country. Take it and run.
3 out of 5 felines for a zebra degustation