We found ourselves with an uncommon treat on our hands when this red wine arrived in Berkeley recently. First, it’s not often that we are able to import bottles that have aged beautifully over many years at the domaine where they were made. Second, this cuvée represents the only wine we import from the famed left bank of Bordeaux, between Saint-Julien and Margaux in the heart of the Médoc, where the moderate climate of the riverbank and gravelly soils are perfectly suited to Cabernet Sauvignon—the leading grape in this blend. The label says Château, and despite the stunning price, this bottling holds up to the noble moniker while also being honest, accessible, and terroir-driven Bordeaux. Seven years old, it is in a magical place today, showing a more velvety and relaxed side than it did when it was first released. Evoking notes of blackcurrant, black cherries, and tobacco, this Haut-Médoc will pair beautifully with lentil soup, rib eyes, or lamb stew.
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