Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, France
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon; 12.5% ABV
$7 at the Oakland, CA, store on 2 April. Likely not there now. More at the Richmond store on 5 April.
I bought this bottle because I thought the Bordeaux Standard 2004 Haut-Médoc was pretty good. This Saint-Émilion is also pretty good.
Although it’s not saying that much, the Saint-Émilion is heavier and richer than the Haut-Médoc, but it strikes me as less complex. After about 1:40 of air in a decanter, this wine shows softly textured cherry and blackcurrant fruit with some slightly funky brown earth and a hint of green bell pepper. I’m not that wild about it, but as with the HM, it’s real Bordeaux in a way that a lot of GO Bordeaux is not. If you’re into that, this is reasonably priced, nicely aged wine.