Clos du Pavillon "Les Vignes de Parsac" Montagne-Saint-Émilion 2016
For every Bordeaux selling three or four-figure bottlings to the highest bidder, there are easily a dozen small, humble châteaux crafting pleasurable, über-drinkable, natural reds at accessible price points. Knowing where to look is the hard part, but we make it easy for you with this juicy, balanced Bordeaux from two talented winemakers.
From famed Bordeaux husband-and-wife duo Gonzague and Marjolaine Maurice comes this fresh, ridiculously drinkable Bordeaux blend from Montage-Saint-Émilion. Both Gonzague and Marjolaine are respected oenologists (winemakers) in their own right. Marjolaine is the magic touch behind the distinguished Château Labégorce estate in Margaux, among others.
She and her husband Gonzague fell in love with a small parcel of Merlot & Cabernet Franc vines in the picturesque village of Parsac in Montagne-Saint-Émilion, the heart of "Right Bank" Bordeaux country. With their combined decades of experience and their dedication to organic farming (Ecocert-Certified organic since 2010), they've crafted an affordable, delicious instant classic in this homage to "The Vines of Parsac."
Oodles of dark cranberry, menthol, spiced plum, and generous, soft texture complement silky velour tannins and a subtle, super pleasing finish. In vintages past they blend portions of their Cab Franc but in the fantastic 2016 vintage they opt to let the Merlot shine 100%. A little-known-fact about most "Bordeaux" blends out there is that even in wines labelled Cabernet Sauvignon in California, for example, Merlot is the star player in the background responsible for that cherry-candy, mint and fleshy mouthfeel.
Wines like this are perfect "ready to drink" no-brainer bottles to resist those late-night temptations to open up the high-$$$ bottles. And because of their soft, plush fruit and easygoing nature they'll go with almost any cuisine at the table. Pick up an easy six today for low-cost, organic Bordeaux pleasure.