As many of you may or may not know, I have the enviable position of being able to taste many wines from around the world on a weekly basis. I began a tasting group with our many vendors 15 years ago as a way to concentrate my tasting to one day a week instead of 6. What has happened over the years is that my vendors have become friends and tasted each other’s products, which makes us all more knowledgeable.
Yesterday’s revelation centered around a French wine company called Aquitaine, which operates as a marketer of fine Bordeaux Chateaux. In particular, a property from Lalande de Pomerol. Chateau Tournefeuille (turn-uh-foy) is an estate that dates back to the mid-18th century that was purchased by two families in 1998. Tournefeuille means “turning leaves” as the Chateau is well located on a breezy hill in the commune of Neac. Extraordinary terroir exists on this site and it overlooks some of Pomerol’s most prestigious estates. Chateau Petrus, which sells for thousands a bottle, is a close neighbor.
This wine is a blend of 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Franc, with average vine age of 30 years. Described by most wine publications as chocolate, blackcurrant, coffee, and fig with firm but velvety tannins. I describe it as simply DELICIOUS! We are currently stocking it and its $36 price point is a steal for the quality and pedigree of this wine. The bigger thing I learned after tasting a few other Bordeaux properties all handled by Aquitaine is that anything they handle is great stuff at whatever price point it is, ranging from $10 to $100 a bottle.
Get some today!