Bordeaux to drink | Small Chateaux, High Esteem
READY TO DRINK BORDEAUX:
- CHATEAU BARRAIL DU BLANC - SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU 2014: $59
Château Barrail du Blanc produces wines that are exceptional for their depth and consistency. Owned by the same family for over 150 years, this property is located in the commune of Saint-Sulpice de Faleyrens, in the south of the Saint-Émilion Grand Cru appellation. On the nose, Chateau Barrail du Blanc opens to a subtle nose of red fruits basket, raspberry, blackcurrant then earthy notes such as sandalwood, dry leaves, mild spices. The palate is elegant, with dark cherry, tar with a silky structure and a powerful final. A delicate wine that is a perfect partner for refined dishes. It can be drunk now or cellared until 2023+. 70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc.
- CHATEAU LA MISSION - LALANDE DE POMEROL 2015: $66
Château La Mission’s jewel-sized vineyard in Lalande-de-Pomerol has been in the Garde-Lasserre family, who has also owned Pomerol’s Clos René and Moulinet-Lasserre, for several generations. Located on the south-western edge of the appellation bordering Pomerol, the Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines are planted on an excellent terroir of loess and ferric clay. The 40 year old vines are tended with meticulous care (manual harvest) in order to produce a wine with aromas of ripe fruit that is silky, full, charming, and approachable in its youth. The name “La Mission” dates back to the time of the crusades, when knights passing through the region of Pomerol on their way toward the Mediterranean would stop to pray in front of the Mission Cross, which is still present today on the property.
The bouquet displays a rustic earthy side to it with dark bramble berries and spicy oak and dried tobacco notes. The palate is robust and juicy with blackberries, cassis and a soft dusty earthy tannin structure. This wine works well with meaty and full bodied dishes like beef wellington and stroganoff, spiced pumpkin soup, dark chocolate and Manchego cheese. Drinking amazingly now up until 2023. 80% Merlot – 20% Cabernet Franc.
- CHATEAU DE BEL-AIR - LALANDE DE POMEROL 2014: $69
Mentioned in the Cocks & Feret guides as one of the best wines of the appella- tion as early as 1922, Château de Bel-Air is situated on a sunny plateau that gently slopes southward. The historical quality of its wines and its privileged position, which guarantees the vineyard ideal sun exposure year-round, drew owner Michel de Laet Derache to acquire the property in 2011. On the nose, Château de Bel-Air presents notes of red fruit and floral aromas; on the palate, a harmonious balance between flesh and tannins means it can be enjoyed after just a few years of cellaring. A delicate wine that is a perfect partner for refined dishes. It can be drunk now or cellared until 2022+. 73% Merlot, 19% Cabernet Franc, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon.