Bordeaux Superieur, 2018. Chateau de Macard

Bordeaux Superieur, 2018. Chateau de Macard

Item #: B0422R1
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Bordeaux Superieur
Vineyard/Appellation: Saint Magne de Castillon, France
Color: Medium Magenta
Nose: Cranberry, Spice
Palate: Side to Side Scintillation
Finish: Expansive
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Red Meat/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Macard is a Right Bank Bordeaux owned and run by the Aubert family consisting of Alain Aubert, his wife Bernadette, and their three daughters. They have consistently made great wine for over 30 years. The family owns several main chateaux, most of which are in Saint-Emilion, one of the most respected appellations in Bordeaux. In total their company controls over 600 acres of vineyards making them one of the largest in the area.

As with all of Bordeaux, the devil is in the appellation. Our selection is a Superieur, a legal moniker symbolizing a wine that is of greater distinction than one simply labeled Bordeaux. The chateau is located in Saint Magne de Castillon, which is practically next door to Saint-Emilion. The soil and climate are almost identical, yet the price of a typical Saint-Emilion would be three times that of Chateau de Macard. It is wines like these that we search out, as they represent incredible value. Most Bordeaux Superieur producers don't have the finances to grow the grapes and make the wine to its full potential. It is operations like Aubert, with their vast resources that can turn a Superieur into something super.

Our selection is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Merlot, and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Here, the Cabernet Franc sets the tone of the wine. Its unmistakable cranberry and blueberry qualities mix with the earth and tobacco nuances of the other grapes, forming a united front of flavor. The 20 months of oak aging adds the vanilla and spice, perfect for a classic filet mignon in red wine sauce.