Bellevue, Cotes de Bordeaux-Castillon “Vieilles Vignes” 2015 – $17.99
(Merlot, Cabernet Franc; Bordeaux, France)
Bordeaux is the once and future king of wine; unfortunately its price reflects its fame. So how can those of us who aren’t to the manor born afford this royal libation? Simple — move away from the communes with the high prices such as Pauillac and Pomerol, to outlying communes with similar soils and cheaper land. Castillon is one such appellation, home to some of the best values in Bordeaux. This Castillon, a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, offers deep aromas of blackberry and mint notes, followed by flavors of blackberry and milk chocolate. Perfect for drinking now, it should age nicely for at least five years.