Sleek, Delicious 5-Year-Old Red Bordeaux. $25

Winemaker:  Lafont-Menaut is the second property from the owners of the prestigious Chateau Carbonnieux, a legendary Graves estate. The Perrins farm their less famous terroirs with the same care as Carbonnieux, and the Lafont-Menaut rouge is among the most consistent wines we import.

Appellation:  Pessac-Leognan is home to sandy, gravel-filled soils. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive in this stony soil, ripening beautifully in a year like 2015, but retaining freshness and balance from the well-drained earth.

Wine:  The 2015 Lafont-Menaut is a smooth, bold, drink-now red Bordeaux. It’s an inky Merlot-Cabernet blend with deep flavors and a fresh palate.. Decanter’s Jane Anson called the 2015 “lovely” with a “gentle floral-edged minerality.” We found it chocolaty and chalky, with notes of dried roses, plums, toast, earth, and spice.

Serving:  No decanting necessary — this is smooth and velvety right out of the gate. Serve with grilled steak or chicken thighs.


Lafont-Menaut Pessac-Leognan rouge 2015
bottle price: $25

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