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Staff Pick

Ch. Massereau, Bordeaux Supérieur - 2016

Item # 28632 750mL
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Tasting Notes

A youthful, fresh Bordeaux with an easy juicy structure. Merlot dominates on this bistro-style red, with Cabernet Sauvignon to add grip and crunchy tannins. Great for week-night steaks or leftover lamb. This classic Bordeaux see no oak - it was vinified and aged in cement tanks.

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Staff Pick Notes

A traditionally styled blend of Merlot, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv and Petit Verdot, this is a lovely everyday Bordeaux that reminds you that if you think you've been there/done that with Bordeaux, think again. While it is definitely young and approachable, it does not resort to any commercial gimmicks. No new oak, no overripe fruit. Fermentation occurs in concrete tanks, focusing the aromas of cherry, spices, sage, and a puff of leather. A nice healthy chew from the supple tannins, bright acidity, and good, mineralled mid-palate weight supports raspberry, black cherry, graphite, and leather flavors. A modern throwback that will bring a (told-you-so) smile to any Bordeaux lover.

- RG

Astor's Glossary of Terms


The next time you hear someone say they never touch Merlot, tell them that it's too bad, because you were just about to open a few bottles of Château Pétrus and Le Pin, and you have no one to share them with. Some wine drinkers are quick to dismiss varieties that become too fashionable, but Merlot is popular for good reason. It has one of the most impressive and distinctive textures of any wine,...

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Situated on the mid-Atlantic coast of France around the Gironde river, Bordeaux is home to some of the most legendary wines on earth. There are (for all intents and purposes) five grape varieties permitted under French wine law for red Bordeaux: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and, very infrequently, Petit Verdot and Malbec. For white Bordeaux, only three varieties are permitted:...

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Cabernet Franc

Relegated to moderate obscurity in modern times, Cabernet Franc is in fact the proud parent of the attention-hogging Cabernet Sauvignon (after an illicit affair with Sauvignon Blanc a hundred-odd years ago). Cabernet Franc has remained close to its roots in France, enjoying small pockets of popularity primarily in the Loire Valley (specifically in Chinon), where it is often bottled as a varietal...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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