Sophisticated New $24 Bordeaux: 2017 Left-Bank Cru Bourgeois

Vigneron: The Negrier Family is a bit unusual for Bordeaux: a tiny family winery making small-batch, terrific wines from limited terroirs. Nearly all of their wine is sold to local customers who visit the domaine.

Vintage: Bordeaux experienced a tough frost in 2017, which cost winemakers nearly half their crop on average. The wines that survived show relatively low tannin, and will drink well from the start. Jancis Robinson, cites St-Estèphe as a standout appellation in the vintage; the vines for this Cru Bourgeois are just over the border.

Wine: Made from 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Moulin de Blanchon is remarkably drinkable today. The nose shows raspberry jam, tobacco, fresh leather, and forest floor. The mouth is smooth and rich, punchy and dry — juicy tannins that are enticingly approachable already. The palate is long and inky with fresh fruits and delicate chalky finish.

Pairing: Cast Iron Steak


Moulin de Blanchon
Cru Bourgeois Haut Médoc 2017
bottle price: $24

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