A lovely focus on the Right Bank of Bordeaux wines–emphasizing a Merlot with support of the other major red Bordeaux grapes. I often taste Left Bank more often than Right Bank wines. And to have this opportunity for beautiful Right Bank wines was a great learning experience and equally and tantalizing to taste with a delightful meal.
I love to eat at a nice restaurant but find it particularly special to have a chef prepared meal in a very nice setting. This autumnal dinner was set in a very comfortable and well appointed home in San Francisco’s Castro District. Plenty of comfort and elegance a la touch of mid-Century refinements. No better way to frame an elegant dinner with this specific Bordeaux appellations of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac. This chef prepared meal was a nice offering of local foods and I am always tantalized by the beauty of the fresh herbs that were plentiful
Below is the menu which we enjoyed the wines with each specific dish. Also listed below are the video reviews of most of the wines I tasted. Advanced sommelier Aubrey Terrazas guided the evening with information and thoughts on each wine presented with each course and taking about each of the appellations.
Château Clos du Roy Fronsac 2015
This wine is 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc. SRP $19.00. Nose and palate characterization in above video.
Food pairing: local cheese and charcuterie.
Château Busquet Luscan Lusac-Saint-Émilion 2015
Nose: elongated characteristics of Loch Ness Blackberry, cassis, dense forest, crushed autumnal leaves and spice rack.
Palate: Blackberry confit, clove-pepper, Thyme and Bay leaf.
Food Pairing: House smoked yellow tomatoes and Bolinas Bisque and oyster shooter with sweet Sherry Mignonette.
Château La Dominique Saint-Émilion Grand Cru Classé
Nose and palate characterization in above video. This wine is a composition of Merlot, Cabernet sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. I don’t have a tech sheet for this wine.
Food pairing: Shaved cauliflower and chicory salad, persimmon, hazelnuts, rosemary Manchego dressing.
Château Lassègue Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2014
This wine is 65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. SRP: $30.00. Nose and palate characterization in above video.
Food pairing: Poulet Basquaise, late summer tomatoes, fire roasted smashed carrots.
Château Lafleur-Gazin Pomerol 2014
This wine is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. SRP: $47.00. Nose and palate characterization in above video.
Food pairing: smoked Cumin crusted pork belly with Harissa butter and late summer Cassoulet
Château Coutlet Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2014
Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. (I didn’t have spec sheet for this particular wine hence I did not input the percentage of varieties).
Nose: Heirloom black-blue fruit, stacked dried wood, suede, and dried roses
Palate: blackberry, blueberry, red pepper, Cardamom and violets.
Food pairing: Cardamom plum tart with Armanac soaked ice cream. All of the dinner participant added color via a culinary torch to the plums and sugar in the tart – a very nice dessert to pair with Château Coutlet. A lovely contrast of the deep dark brooding fruit in the wine with the caramelized sugar and Armanac note.
Château Fombrauge Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2012
This wine is 89% Merlot, 8% Cabernet Franc, 1% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Malbec. SRP $39.00. Nose and palate characterization in above video.
Food pairing: I would pair steelhead trout, roasted salmon or pork loin.
These wines are splendid on many levels. Firstly, the value is fantastic – the least expensive wines is $19 and the most expensive $47. I am frequently in Bordeaux variety country here in California and the average bottle price point is above $50 and now hovering in the $100 range. I am asked often about Bordeaux in terms of pricing and there is a perception is that it significantly more expensive than it really is. Secondly, while there are other places that have Bordeaux varieties: the dominant variety is Cabernet Sauvignon and, of course, you do find Merlot. But there really is nothing quite like the tradition of the Right Bank–this particular groupings of subregions feature Merlot dominance with support of other Bordeaux varieties. And thirdly, these wines are crafted beautifully with optimum fruit, age in the bottle and sophistication in the glass.
I hope you seek out these wines to enjoy with your next meal and see for yourself the beauty of Saint-Émilion, Pomerol and Fronsac–as your wine merchants for the above wines.
James the Wine Guy
Wines and dinner courtesy of producers of Saint Emilion, Pomerol-and Fronsac.
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