This year we may not have been able to host our annual parking lot oyster party, Oyster Bliss, but you can recreate it in your backyard or nearby park with two simple ingredients: a few dozen oysters from your local fish market and a bottle of this exquisite blend of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle from the left bank of the Garonne. Or if oysters aren’t your thing, try goat cheese and a fresh crusty baguette. Whatever snacks are on your table or picnic blanket, this blanc will fit the bill with its crisp, elegant profile and pretty notes of green apple, citrus, and subtle tropical fruits.
Château Belles-Graves sits just on the other side of a small river from the renowned estates of Pomerol, and while the hype and hordes of collectors may not cross the bridge over La Barbanne, quality certainly does. Made from mostly Merlot and a splash of Cabernet Franc, this velvety and refined rouge is approachable now despite having years of beautiful life ahead. Its notes of black cherries, stones, and a touch of tobacco, along with its fine acidity, make it a versatile red at table, but also wonderful on its own.
Tasting the Hubau family’s 2016 Fronsac, you get the feeling that Bénédicte and Grégoire harvested their grapes not simply on the right day for ripeness but at the right minute. There is nothing overdone in this chiseled, elegant cuvée made from organically grown and pampered Merlot. The balance is just right. Evoking blackberries, black currant, and a hint of cocoa, this would be the perfect wine to open the next time you cook steak.
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