Wow, it's so true that french wines are sooo earthy. I was given this because I kept hearing about how wonderful it is. Sure enough, on my b-day, I opened it and had it with a gourmet cheese pizza. It was so smoothingly explosive, deep and rich. Profoundly exciting and with a mild finish. Great nose. Must give it 30 min. to breathe, and then it gets soo much better.