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Château des Joualles, Bordeaux Supérieur Bordeaux, France 2015 (750mL)
While everyone focuses on a relatively small handful of big-name châteaux, there are so many unsung, family-run operations like Vignobles Freylon, whose vineyards at their Château des Joualles sit on a clay and limestone plateau in the village of Ruch—a village which falls within the Entre-Deux-Mers AOC but is a mere half-hour southeast of St-Émilion. In terms of geology and wine style, it’s impossible not to see the resemblance, until, of course, you get to the price. This is an opulent Merlot-driven gem from the Right Bank that is a prime candidate for purchase by the case, immensely pleasurable now and worthy of a spot in the cellar. It’s a deep, nearly opaque garnet red moving to magenta at the rim, with aromas of Damson plum, huckleberry, cherry, dark chocolate, potting soil, and a hint of pepper. It is medium-plus in body and has a dense but balanced feel on the palate—a plump, juicy mouthful but one with some nice “cut” for pairing with food.
- Sub-RegionBordeaux Supérieur
- SoilClay & Limestone
- BlendMerlot 70%, Cabernet Franc 15%, Cabernet Sauvignon 15%
- Temp.Serve at 60-65° F
- GlasswareBordeaux Stem
- Decanting15-30 Minutes
- PairingRed Wine Braised Chicken w/ Mushrooms
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