Blackberry, Currant, and Plum
Bordeaux is nearly ten times the size of Burgundy. With so much of its wine on the market, and such inflated pricing of the best known names (speculators), we spend little time there these days.
Another reason we don’t prospect often in Bordeaux is that we’re happy with what we already have. Our two main left-bank winemakers in the region – Chateau Léhoul and the Chateau Lafont Menaut – make clean, honest, delicious wines that keep us more than satisfied.
Today’s offer is for Chateau Lafont Menaut rouge, from the ever-drinkable 2009 vintage. This property, once owned and farmed by the Enlightenment philosopher Montesquieu, is now run skillfully by winemaker Phillibert Perrin. Perrin also owns the nearby Chateau Carbonnieux.
The Chateau Lafont Menaut sits on nearly 40 acres of vines just south of Carbonnieux. Located in Bordeaux’s Graves region, Lafont Menaut produces a lovely blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon and merlot.
The cabernet adds dark, briary notes of blackberry and currant, with the merlot adding notes of plum jam. Pair this with a strip steak or roast lamb as part of a wintery Sunday afternoon meal.
LAFONT MENAUT 09
Ansonia Retail: $25
offer price: $21.95