Perfect Bistro Bordeaux: New Cru Bourgeois, $5/glass

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: The 2018 vintage produced rich, excellent reds in Bordeaux. After a rainy start, the growing season was hot and dry, and the resulting wines are bold and muscly, with punch tannins and lots of concentration.

Wine: Made from 50/50 Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2018 Moulin de Blanchon is a perfect bistro red — a wine for weeknight consumption without fuss or hassle. The nose shows raspberry jam, tobacco, fresh leather, and forest floor. The mouth is intense and vibrant, punchy and dry — juicy tannins that are enticingly approachable already. The palate is long and inky with fresh fruits and delicate chalky finish.

Pair this with takeout pizza on a winter weeknight. It’s hardly the fanciest wine to come out of Bordeaux, but for an uncomplicated evening it’s a perfect fit.


Moulin de Blanchon Cru Bourgeois 2018
bottle price: $25

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