This 100% Merlot from St. Emilion in Bordeaux was the other star of our Easter dinner last month.
A quick reminder on Bordeaux wines: the region is comprised of the "right" and "left" banks of the Gironde River. St. Emilion is part of the right bank. The distinction generally regulates which type of grapes are grown and the terroir comprising that area. The right bank vineyards are predominantly Merlot and Cabernet Franc grapes while the left bank is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines from the region can be blends of the 5 typical Bordeaux varietals (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec).
It was juicy and fruity, more red fruit driven, with a hint of vanilla and spice on the finish. Fine tannins rounded out the palate making it a very enjoyable wine to drink now.
Wine: 2008 Le Vallon de Barde-Haut Merlot