“How do you find your winemakers?”
This might be the most common question we get. The answer: we trust the locals whenever we can. Sometimes this means recommendations from vignerons we already work with; sometimes it is customers with vineyard connections; and the French Guide Hachette is one of our most reliable references. But the most enjoyable local source is wine lists when we’re abroad.
We discovered Chateau Lafont Menaut at a bistro on a bustling corner in the city of Bordeaux a few years ago. It was one of five house suggestions, and just the delicious, well-priced Graves we had been looking for. We weren’t surprised to find it still on the menu when we visited last week. A straightforward, clean blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot, Lafont Menaut has also found a home as the house wine at many a Dupont Circle apartment.
Lafont Menaut is the project of Philibert Perrin, whose family also owns neighboring Chateau Carbonnieux (one of three visited by Thomas Jefferson in 1786). He employs the same care and expertise at both properties. The Cabernet adds dark, briary notes of blackberry and currant, with the Merlot adding notes of plum jam. Approachable in a way typical of 2009s, Lafont Menaut rounds out quickly in a glass. Pair it with strip steak or roast lamb for a wintery meal this holiday season.
LAFONT MENAUT ROUGE 09
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NOTE: This wine appears in our 2012 Holiday Catalog, which will be released later this week. For more deals, family recipes, and gift ideas, stay tuned.