***91 Points Decanter Magazine***
Country : France Region: Bordeaux Superieur
Varietal: Merlot 85% / Cabernet 15%
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Chateau La Verriere - Alain Bessette
The Bessette family has been making wine for four generations. The talented owner-winemaker Alain Bessette is named among the 'Talents de Bordeaux Supérieur' every year, a shortlist of top winemakers in the AOP, and his wines consistenly win prizes and accolades.
Traditional red wine vinification is carried out in the brand-new winery, to the east of Bordeaux in the village of Landerrouat. Ageing is done in barrels from a variety of different cooperages, all medium toast, mostly French with a couple of American ones (Mendocino).
The Verriere red has excellent structure with aromas of red cherry, blackberry, juicy raspberry and toasty notes from the barrel ageing. Tannins are silky and a long with an impressive finish.
It makes an excellent accompaniment to beef, lamb, game and hard cheeses.
A full-bodied Bordeaux red blend of mostly Merlot with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon adding body and structure to this dry, robust and made for a grilled steak or beef bourgignon. Lots of smoky, spiced plum, savoury herbs and cassis flavours on the palate. Tannins are firm.
Food Matches: Beef / Lamb / Goat Cheese / Venison / Game