Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
There are 274,000 acres dedicated to vineyards in Bordeaux, and only 11,600 are designated as Bordeaux Supérieur. Supérieur is referred to as both an appellation and a classification for wines. As you may have guessed, wineries must adhere to a stricter set of requirements to list Supérieur on their label. One such requirement is plant density, meaning these vineyards must have a higher concentration of vines than other Bordeaux wines. The idea is that increased plant density forces the plant to fight harder for survival, resulting in stronger and healthier vines and roots. Chapelle de Barbe has a rich history that dates all the way back to the 14th century. Originally owned by the Marquis de Barbe, who in 1680 had the Chapelle de Barbe built next to a small port where barrels of wine could easily be loaded on boats headed to America and beyond. For the last 20 years, the estate has been under the Richard family's care, where they strive to provide exceptional and expressive wines. Serve at 18 C and drink now up to 3-5 years.
We are enamoured by the beautiful ruby colour and its elusive purple highlights. Dark fruits like blackcurrant and blueberry drift out of the glass. Aromatic and inviting, with a delicate floral note of violet and a subtle touch of tobacco that lures us in, leaving us excited to taste!
Satisfying dark fruit notes of black currant, blueberry, and a touch of plum greet us at the first sip. We also find notes of tobacco intermingling with a touch of vanilla. Medium bodied with a pleasant acidity, the soft tannins coat our palate and leave us wishing we were in Bordeaux for the harvest. The subtle freshness lasts straight through the lengthy finish. A beautiful blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon that will elevate any evening.
We're craving a hearty roast-chicken, but most grilled meats will do. Alternatively, try a green bean casserole for a vegetarian option.