The more we taste of this year’s Bordeaux releases, the more excited we get. There are so many different personalities and styles, and everybody’s bringing their A-game. It’s basically the hottest new dating show without any of the spray tanning or terrible pickup lines.
Everyone has their favorite bachelors, but we think these two definitely deserve to be in the finale — get ready to swoon!
Château Roc de Segur
2019 Bordeaux Rouge
The good-guy underdog of the group, this “Bordeaux” appellated blend of 65% Merlot, 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 8% Cabernet Franc has much more to offer than meets the eye. Planted by the Vidal family in 1992, vines are now an average of twenty years old, harvests are vinified at the estate, and cellars have been cut directly into the famous stone of the region to age the wines at perfect temperatures. Carefully crafted with very little snobbery, this is a Bordeaux Rouge of excellent quality and a ripe, easygoing style to appeal to a wide range of palates. A fruity nose of red and black currant and fresh blackberries deepens on the palate with additions of warm spice and black licorice, its juiciness balanced nicely by silky tannins.
Château Le Peyrat
2018 Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux
Seriously pedigreed without the “Don’t you know who my father is?” energy, Château Le Peyrat comes to us from Paul Valade, owner of Grand Cru Classé Château Grand-Mayne in St. Emilion. M Valade sees many similarities to St. Emilion in the soils of Castillon, and he brings the same care and appreciation of the grapes’ potential to his winemaking there. His Merlot, representing 85% of the vintage blend, is grown in its favorite mix of clay and sand, while the remaining Cabernet Franc enjoys a very favorable mix of sand and warm silt. These soils foster a wine of richness and power, with vivid black fruits, toasty cedar, and a robust tannin that is just coming into prime drinkability — definitely a keeper for years to come.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors