2010 Chateau Mangot, $30.00

This Gorgeously complex St. Emilion Grand Cru offers up aromas of blueberry, mushroom, tea, vanilla, herbs, wild strawberry and mulberry. These are joined on the palate by flavors of tart cherry and cranberry with some cacao intermingling as the wine opens up. The fleshy texture of this Bordeaux adds another layer of complexity that I have found to be a characteristic of the 2009 and 2010 vintages. Chateau Mangot is typically comprised of a blend of about 85 percent Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc, and 5 Cabernet Sauvignon from vines with an average age of 40 years. These estate vines are grown on an out-cropping of hillside comprised of limestone soils. The wines from this estate are aged in barriques for 12 to 18 months. The Mangot is drinking very well now but could be enjoyed for at least another five years. I consider this wine to be a fantastic value! Enjoy paired with beef, lamb, venison, game birds or an array of funky cheeses.