2010 Château De Cugat; Bordeaux Supérieur, France

deCugatWebLocated in the small town of Blasimon, Château De Cugat stands upon a hill overlooking the village. In 1926, the property was acquired by the grandmother of winemaker Benoit Meyer. When Benoit began overseeing the estate in the early nineties, he dreamed of making a wine that would make people think they were drinking something from an area more lofty than the humble Entre-Deux-Mers. After all, part of his vineyard had a mixture of sand and gravel soil, much like parts of nearby Pomerol, and a parcel of the vineyard was between 40 and 50 years old and had wonderful exposition. The nose is rich, round and inviting, while ripe blackcurrant, cherry, vanilla, spice and subtle smoke notes converge on the supple medium-bodied palate. The tannins are silky and well-integrated, the finish long and persuasive. This blend of Merlot 60% and Cabernet Sauvignon 40%,  represents great value in Bordeaux!

 $14.99 per bottle or $152.90/case ($12.74)