Go a little Old World with your Cabs and Merlot after all they are the most famous “Bordeaux Varietals” so why not go back to Bordeaux?
Western Europe is the home office of all the best known “International varietals” of the world. The New World (North/South America, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand) all
got their grapes, winemaking and winemakers from Europe so the connection is strong and it’s fun to explore the roots of those new world wines you drink every night.
Bordeaux is intimidating because of the famous Chateaus but the presence of big name Napa cabs like Screaming Eagle, Opus, Silver Oak, and Stag’s Leap doesn’t keep us from buying
all those $10-$20 cabs that we drink every day with dinner. So why do the Lafites and Moutons keep us from buying all those “petit Chateaux” that are also under $20 a bottle. Here are a
few faves to try tonight:
SOME OF OUR FAVORITE BORDEAUX
55% Merlot 40% Cabernet Sauvignon 5% Petit Verdot
91 POINTS Wine Advocate October 2017 drink 2019 to 2030
Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Chateau Poitevin has a delightful, perfumed bouquet with black cherries, blueberry and a touch of incense. The oak here is nicely integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, very pure and feminine with a caressing, blueberry and cassis-tinged finish. Bon vin! This is by far and away the best wine that I have tasted from this Médoc estate. Tasted September 2017.
Ruby in color, this wine offers a nose of fresh strawberry accompanied by subtle aromas of oak and vanilla. On the palate, it shows nice roundness with a very supple tannic structure. Plenty of charm and elegance with a soft and smooth finish.
Blend: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
James Suckling 90 points – A round and juicy red with berry and chocolate character, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Medium to full body. Needs a year or two to soften. Try in 2020..February/2018
Under the same ownership as Château Haut-Gravet, Château Hyot is situated
to the east of St Émilion in the Côtes de Castillon.
Château Hyot showcases the masterfull skill of winemaker Amélie Aubert and
consultant Michel Rolland.