Château Roc de Pellebouc 2016

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Bordeaux AOC
Merlot Based Blend

This sophisticated, boutique Bordeaux comes to you from Pomerol’s influential Thienpont family, whose highly sought-after Le Pin is one of the most expensive Bordeaux in the world. (The 2016 costs around $2,500 a bottle!) For a great deal less, here’s their stunning release that marries soft, plummy Merlot (85%) and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon (15%) – and shows all the richness of Bordeaux’s 2016 vintage, the second phenomenal harvest in a row for the region (after excellent 2015).

13th-century Château Roc de Pellebouc lies in the charming Entre-Deux-Mers region. When the Thienponts spotted it in 2006, the rocky ridge reminded them of Château Pavie-Macquin (the Premier Grand Cru Classé estate they own in Saint-Emilion), and they knew it would be an ideal spot to grow Merlot. They brought on talented grower Ludovic Roussillon (aka the Merlot Magician of the Entre-Deux-Mers), and as expected, quality has been exceptional.

The Thienponts recommend decanting this elegant Bordeaux an hour or more before serving to open up its complex aromas and flavors. You’ll be rewarded with ripe plum, blackberry, and subtle spices, followed by a rich and well-balanced palate boasting layers of black fruit and toasty spice. Lovely, rounded tannins and a long, smooth finish make Château Roc de Pellebouc a delicious partner for savory beef dishes and it will also be tasty with hearty stews or firm, mature cheeses.

One of our best Bordeaux buys from the glorious 2016 vintage. Stock up while you can.