A curious thing has been occurring in the Entre-Deux-Mers district of Bordeaux. It's called red wine. This area was, and to a point still is, the largest white wine producing area in France. But, that has been changing in the last decade and for good reason. The wines represent great values and are getting better.
The Chateau is one of several under the control of Renaud and Claire Jean. It is named after Saint Seurin, the patron saint of Bordeaux. Renaud, the winemaker, is considered a bit of a rebel here. The principle red grape here has always been Merlot, but Renaud began crafting wines out of Cabernet Sauvignon when it became obvious that in certain vintages in certain places of the vineyard, the wine was better.
However, in keeping with his reputation, Renaud made his best wine in 2018 out of 100% Merlot. There's no sense in trying to make sense of all this. After all, all we're looking for is a great wine at a great price and it seems that's what Mr. Jean delivers.
Because Bordeaux was created millions of years ago with seismic occurrences and volcanic eruptions, its soil is really not much soil at all. It's mostly bits of dirt squeezed in between rocks, limestone, and clay. In other words, perfect for grape growing.
And our selection is everything Bordeaux is about. Earth tones mixed with black fruits, plum, vanilla spice, and dark chocolate to seize a flank steak marinated in soy and ginger. Sounds rather saintly.