2015 Saint Estèphe: Exceptional Small Batch Left-Bank Bordeaux. $32

We don’t import much Bordeaux. We’ve always taken more readily to the scale and culture of Burgundy, where the estates are much smaller and the atmosphere less formal. But it’s no secret that Bordeaux makes some extraordinary wines, and we like having some in our portfolio.

We’ve added four new Bordeaux chateaux to our lineup in the last year or so, from both right and left banks and with a wide range of prices. None has been a better find than the tiny 1.5 acre plot in Saint-Estèphe called Fleuron de Liot. From a small winery the Negrier family turns out an exceptional red Bordeaux, equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.



Saint-Estèphe’s clay-rich soils make it perfect for Merlot, and this wine showcases the richness and complexity possible from the grape. At under $35/bot, precise timing isn’t crucial for a satisfying return on investment — but this wine is delicious now and will be even better in five years.

The 2015 has just arrived, and it’s a worthy successor to the popular 2014. Today this wine is inky and dark, with plum and black cherries in the nose. The mouth is dense and full, with solid ripe tannins and low oak, notes of woods and licorice, and a long, velvety texture. The tannins are rich, dense and supple, rather than harsh or dry.

One thing common to Bordeaux and Burgundy is their ability to gain complexity with age. For this wine at least, the choice is yours. Every bottle we open seems to get better, but then every bottle we open is one fewer in the cellar. Whichever you choose, we’re willing to bet you will wish you had more.



Fleuron de Liot Saint-Estèphe 2015

Ansonia Retail: $38
6+ bottle price : $32/bot


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