March is here and so are the wines for your monthly club. This month we've picked out some real winners and I don't mind saying that I might even join the club because of the wines I picked.
2014 Chateau du Pin Bordeaux - A blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with very little if any oak influence, this is a delightfully French red wine in the very best of ways. More floral and herby in the nose with some deep plum and crunchy berry fruit. Plenty of texture on the palate, deep but far from heavy the gentle and elegant floral notes ride along the sides of the palate and the fruit asserts itself on the clean but ultra-fresh finish. The kind of wine you can pop the cork on, sip without food but has plenty of stuffing to make it a pretty broadly agreeable for a wide array of dishes. Finding a red this friendly for this price is rare, finding a Bordeaux this friendly and at this price, nearly unheard of. As it says above...with or without food.
2013 Chateau La Grave Cahors - Old-world Malbec from its ancestral terroir, a soft, red-fruit wine with delicious raspberry and red cherry, dry brambly tannins and dark-fruit undercurrents, savory notes and a touch of earth. Dangerously easy to drink. 100% Malbec. Vines are around 20-25 years old. I'm really thinking this wine could overtake another Cahors in the shop but I'm hoping it does not! This wine IS a daily drinker while the other one can be considered a "daily" but I'd like to see it more of a serious lay down kinda wine. Both wines are made but the same person so they both have the quality in them. I'll let you try to figure out the "other" Cahors I'm talking about.
2012 Chateau Les Reuilles Bordeaux - While the tannins are still powerful and dense, the wine has rich berry fruits and juicy acidity that give freshness. It’s ripe, well balanced, and full bodied, with a dark, concentrated character at the end. A blend of 65% Merlot & 35% Cab Sauv. Goes great with some French cheese and roasted meat.