From another famed vintage in Bordeaux, this 2010 is wildly perfumed and powerfully structured - it’s surprisingly fresh in the glass, even after 10 years. This region on the right bank of Bordeaux, Saint Emilion, is legendary for producing some of the most elegant and high priced wines made predominantly of Merlot. The popular wine film from 2004, Sideways, single handedly tanked US Merlot sales, while praising one of this region’s most famous wineries, Chateau Cheval Blanc, as the world’s greatest wine, ironically made mostly of Merlot (and a bit of Cabernet Franc).
The wine jumps out of the glass like a lavender-cloaked Raisinette. It’s like a dried fruit stand, with every variety of heirloom date, crashed into a rose garden in the South of France. If you enjoy bold wines, and want to take a virtual trip this year, this bottle will do the trick.
This wine is brimming with aromatics, so try pairing with highly flavored dishes and gamey ingredients. Popularly hipster menu items (currently takeout) like pate banh mi or lamb curry would be delightful.
Domaine du Petit Gueyrot is a generations-old property and vineyard now stewarded by Christian Neycenssas (locally known as “Kiki”). He still farms, makes wine, and lives in a most traditional way. Known to set out on hunting trips in the woods a foot for days with his loyal dog, Kiki passionately upholds the tradition in everything. His wines reflect the rustic elegance of Saint Emilion, known as the oldest and most picturesque region in Bordeaux.