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Staff Pick

Ch. Hourtin-Ducasse, Haut-Médoc - 2015

Item # 36497 1.5L
$59.96/ Single Bottle
$359.76 $323.78/ Case of 6
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Château Hourtin-Ducasse is a small, family-owned property located in St. Sauvers. They focus on making two wines. They slant toward the traditional, but also aim to make wines that age marvelously. This bottling is lush, boasts of the brilliant vintage, and will hold for years to come. A Bordeaux for rib eye steak.

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Staff Pick Notes

I love Magnums, especially unpretentious ones offering approachable wines with charm and versatility. Winemaker at Hourtin Ducasse Michel Marengo, calls this wine "Velvet,". I whole heartedly agree because it has a softer texture and easier tannins that play nicely with the oak barrel aging. Patient drinkers that wait 5-7 years will be rewarded, but who wants to wait that long? This is a "drink now" Bordeaux! This 2010 shows the pedigree of its vintage. My wife and I enjoyed it with prime rib burgers, but anything from a steak frites, to a roast chicken or lamb chops will be perfect! At this price, it's too good to pass up.

- EG

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