2010 Bordeaux: Perfectly-Aged Red from “a Truly Great Vintage”

Bordeaux can be an intimidating place. Grand Chateaux, skyrocketing prices, and wines that require decades of aging — to the casual wine drinker it’s not exactly accessible or friendly.

But not all Bordeaux requires investment or cellaring. Today’s wine is well made, from a superb vintage, and perfectly mature — and it’ll only run you $5/glass.

Vigneron: The Chateau Ramafort is a 13th century property in the heart of Bordeaux’s Left Bank. Their enormous, remarkable underground storage facility enables them to release their wines near their perfect drinking window.

Vintage: The 2010 vintage in Bordeaux was among the best in decades. Decanter called it “a truly great vintage” and Jancis Robinson calls it “stellar.”

Wine: The 2010 Ramafort has spent the last 9 years in underground storage at the Chateau, and today it’s perfectly mature wine with delicate notes and a delicious mouthfeel. It’s 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Franc — the nose is full of dry fruits and pretty secondary aromas. The mouth is smooth but not soft, with velvety tannins and a clean finish.

Pairing: Cast Iron Steak


Ramafort Cru Bourgeois 2010
bottle price: $25

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