Who can argue with a great Bordeaux that comes in under $40! This wine is an amazing deal, where quality is not compromised for affordability. the 2015 Château Picourneau is an exclusive find, and only available to WineCollective members!
Bordeaux is broken into smaller subregions, and each are firstly defined as either 'Right Bank' or 'Left Bank'. The greater region produces almost all red wine, about 90%, which is dominated by 2 key varietals - Cabernet and Merlot. Left bank wines are predominately Cabernet based, with right bank containing more Merlot. The distinction is mostly due to the soil type and the Gironde river splits the region almost down the centre. Merlot is more at home on the clay based soil of the Right Bank, while the Left Bank gravelly soils are best for the Cab.
Within the Médoc region, there are smaller appellations, all with their distinct style and terroir, from Saint-Estèphe, Pauillac, Saint-Julien, Haut Médoc, Listac, Moulis, and Margaux, all covering almost 40,000 acres of vineyards. The gravel has been deposited over many years from the river, the late-ripening Cabernet grapes excel on the well-drained terraces. Wines of Médoc will age gracefully in proper conditions, you can cellar this bottle for another few years, or easily enjoy tonight! Serve at 18 C.
Cranberry red with a brick colouring around the edges.
Black plums, earthy cherries and black currants are partnered with gravel, sand, pencil shavings and prunes. The layers of freshness, minerality and aged fruits give lots of complexity, but they are all intertwined and elegant when presented together. Although not necessary, allowing the wine to decant will help loosen up the aromas.
Médoc is known for producing bold and tannic wines, and vintage is always a conversation when reviewing the wines of Bordeaux. There are good and bad in each year, but some vintages tend to stand out more than others. About 2 of every five vintages are rated exceptional, Decanter noted 2015 Médoc to "have a big place in people’s hearts’ and ranks among the top 5 of the past 15 years. Today, we found strong currants, black cherries, gravel, cedar, plum pit and dried herbs. It is medium bodied, with gum-tingling acidity and a bit of heat on the finish.
This is a steak wine. Find your favourite cut and prepare traditionally and simply, grilled or seared. We suggest a Striploin seared with ample S&P, and a splash of red wine sauce, finished with herby fingerling potatoes on the side.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec
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