I kind of have this thing about celebrity involvement in wineries. If you tell me a celebrity is involved in a winery, I pretty much lose any interest in tasting the wine. Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe’s “Vince Vineyards Sonoma Chardonnay” comes to mind, as does Mario Andretti’s “Napa Valley Merlot,” or Mike Ditka’s “Kick Ass Mendocino Red” to say nothing of Dan Aykroyd’s Ontario Cabernet Shiraz. (Vomito.)
So it was with mixed feelings that I discovered that this great bottle of $15 Feuille de Garance Côtes-du-Rhône comes from French screen legend Jean-Louis Trintignant (who got his start opposite Brigitte Bardot in And God Created Women). But after tasting the wine, I forgave all. It’s an intense, alluring wine with maturity and mystique, and much like the actor, a bit of a thrill!