Monday, August 9, 2010

A Bordeaux sleeper

Wines from Saint-Émilion or from the right bank, Lalande-de-Pomerol, are often selected for those that would like to experience a Bordeaux wine. These two appellations use a majority Cabernet Franc or Merlot for a lighter varietal for the beginners palet.

These two appellations can also be expensive in some cases. However, you can find some great Bordeaux selections that are affordable and also ready to drink.

One new addition at Mercy is Chateau Le Conseiller 2008 Bordeaux Superior. This wine is young but very smooth with a 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc blend. It is made by Jean-Philippe Janoueix, Le Conseiller and is consistently a top effort from this humble appellation. This is a big-time sleeper of this vintage with its dense purple color, aromas of roasted coffee, blackberry liqueur, charcoal and smoke. It is dense, chewy, and rich, with sweet tannins and ripe fruit.

You can enjoy Chateau Le Conseiller 2008 at Mercy for $ 20 by the glass or $ 60 by the bottle.

Vincent Havard
General Manager and Operating Partner