There are no better value wines than the ones we find from very small estates tucked in amongst some of the most sought-after wines worldwide. These small estates generally sell their entire production ex-cellar (directly from the chateau) to customers who drive from all over Europe to get their allocation. Luckily, we were able to purchase enough from this boutique chateau to share with our members.
Saint-Emilion is a key wine town in the Libournais district of Bordeaux, important in terms of both quality and quantity. It lies just a few miles north of the Dordogne River. The town is renowned as much for its beautiful buildings and scenery as for its wine. Its steep, narrow, cobbled streets, overlooked by its Romanesque church and the iconic 13th-century Tour du Roy tower, are a reminder of the town's long history.
Chateau Matignon harvests and sorts its organic grapes manually. Vinification is done in the traditional method, in tanks equipped with thermoregulation. The fermentation time of about three weeks allows good concentration in the wine while preserving its finesse. The aging was done entirely in barrels, with bottling taking place after 20 to 22 months of aging.
This blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc is 100% organic. Its fruity, slightly spicy and very clean flavors are a perfect accompaniment to a barbequed steak or grilled chop. Its nose is very balanced, with notes of dark red fruits and earth. On the palate, its beautiful structure and elegant tannins let you know this is a fine wine indeed.