On the banks of the Dordogne (in the heart of Bordeaux) lies Le Chai au Quai. Inside this studio winery, talented winemakers take premium "parcels" of Bordeaux – cherry-picked from top vineyard sites – and treat these wines to luxurious barrel-aging. Because there's no fancy château name to pay for, you enjoy access to fine wines that could easily cost twice the price – like this exclusive Saint-Émilion Grand Cru.
Château Haut Brion-trained winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua personally selected the Merlot for this limited-edition luxury. He and his team tasted 150 different Saint-Émilion Grand Cru 2010s to find a wine that was worthy of the Le Grand Chai label. The winner comes from a small, hillside plot farmed by the Todeschini brothers – just a few hundred feet from the legendary Château Valandraud. The wine was then squirreled away in fine French oak and is now ready to impress.
All this high-end pedigree is made even more special, thanks to the fantastic 2010 vintage. Wine Spectator magazine raved about the "superb Saint-Émilions" and the vintage's "powerful reds." In fact, they rated 2010 an impressive 98 Points – the highest score in over 20 years.
Your exclusive taste delivers all the hallmarks of this incredible year: deep, dark plum, bramble and cinnamon aromas with a lovely mineral complexity.
If you're lucky enough to secure your share of this small-batch gem, we recommend you save it for a special occasion. Decant an hour before serving with roast red meats.