As a mere mortal, I rarely drink classified growth Bordeaux. So I’m always happy to find vin de table that exceeds what it says on the label. Haut Medoc and Bordeaux Supérieur are regions that often fit that bill, and don’t cost a ton.
A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, this is a convivial wine, not one to go to your corner with and contemplate.
The Merlot is in charge, bringing richness, red currants and plums, the Cabernet Franc a bit of exotic spice and dried herbs, and the Cabernet Sauvignon providing the structure. It finishes with just a hint of tobacco and toast. Any oak here is to enhance not to overwhelm.
Served with roasted lamb and ratatouille. Flavors matched up quite well, lamb and Bordeaux are always a great pairing.
Rating: 2015 was a great vintage in Bordeaux, and because of that the lady of the house bought a case. Is it going to improve? We are not going to find out . - JW