Our Three Favorite Chateaux, Together Again At Last:
2014 Chateau Franc-Cardinal - The best vintage of Chateau Franc-Cardinal, an Editor's Choice Award Winner and 91 points from Wine Enthusiast! A blend of Merlot (72%), Cabernet Franc (24%) and Malbec (4%), the palate is sheer elegance. Plum and prune notes lead on the fruit, balanced by a slight smokiness and even a hint of almond. It is unbeatable.
Chateau Agnel Minervois - This wine showcases something totally different from a Bordeaux, despite being a relatively short distance away. The Syrah and Grenache blend makes a wine with notes of red fruit and figs leading on the nose. The palate has both power (from the Syrah) but balance, as well, tempered by the maturity of the old-vine Grenache. All told, this is a luscious wine that is a great pair for hearty red meat dishes or some of the earthiness of a mushroom dish.
Chateau Cazevielle Origine -From what is believed to be the oldest of all wine making areas in the Languedoc region of southern France, this refined blend is 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache. A generous bouquet of red fruits and some warm spice leads to flavors that explode with deep red fruit, perfectly structured and balanced between vivacity and power. Touches of herbs and minerals, and a long finish make it a wine of obvious class and distinction, to be enjoyed with grilled red meats, game, or strong cheeses.