When looking for value and quality in Bordeaux knowing where to look is key. This delightful red from winemaker Benoit Meyer comes from the Entre-Deux-Mers, an appellation known for white wines. When Benoit began overseeing the estate in the early nineties, he noticed that part of his vineyard had a mixture of sand and gravel soil, much like the prestigious vineyards of nearby Pomerol. Benoit's dream to make excellent red wine from in the Entre-Deux-Mers was realized in 1997.
The Chateau de Cugat was constructed in the 1500's. Located in the small town of Blasimon, it stands upon a hill overlooking the village. The vineyards surround the Chateau, and are comprised of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc for red wines, and Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle for white wines. This wine is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged primarily in tank with some barrel lots included in the blend.
This wine is a deep red in the glass. The nose is dense with blackcurrant, cherry, vanilla, spice and tobacco notes converge on the palate. This wine is full-bodied with silky lingering tannins and a well-integrated, the finish long and persuasive. It pairs well with bistro foods: think steak frites, lamb burgers, pate, duck confit, and tartes.