The picturesque, medieval town of Saint-Emilion is where you’ll find some of the finest (and most expensive) Bordeaux. Surrounding the region are four premium villages, each allowed to append their name to Saint-Emilion’s. Acclaimed critic Robert Parker says these ‘satellite’ wines are “for the true connoisseur” and it’s in Montagne that you’ll consistently find “some of the deepest, richest wines.” Here’s a charming example …
As with most of the wines from this storied region, Michel Coudroy’s gold-medal 2015 release (Concours International de Lyon) is Merlot dominant with a 20% dose of Cabernet Sauvignon. A year in oak barrels imparts toasty, baking spice notes to aromas and flavors of ripe plum and earthy cassis. It’s classic Bordeaux at its best – made all the better by the fantastic 2015 vintage: “Put quite simply there were some sensational wines made in Bordeaux in 2015 and anyone who enjoys drinking claret will love them,” writes British Bordeaux expert, Will Lyons.
Château Haut Langlade will really come into its own with food. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest decanting an hour before serving, then pairing with roasted red meats – try rack of lamb, garlicky rump roast or even game meats like venison.
Limited cases imported – do hurry.