The famed medieval town of Saint-Émilion is where you’ll find some of the finest Bordeaux of all. This barrel-aged gem is ranked a Saint-Émilion Grand Cru (a serious step up from regular Saint-Émilion), and is just starting to hit its stride. Château Coudert's vineyards are located on the slopes of St. Christophe des Bardes, an area prized for producing richly colored, full-flavored reds of real finesse. Their 2004 comes to you sporting 8 years of bottle age and an impressive silver medal from Brussel's 2011 Concours Mondial wine competition.
Bordeaux's great-value 2004s were "underappreciated at the time, but are now beginning to show their quality," writes Decanter magazine, who rates the vintage 4 Stars (out of 5), and says that their re-tastings "have shown how consistently delicious the 2004s are on both sides of the river." Château Coudert is a case in point. Everything at the estate is done to maximize quality — from hand-picking and hand-sorting the grapes to patient aging (12 months) in fine French oak.
The wine has a sumptuous, ruby red color. With 8 years of bottle age, it exhibits complex and integrated flavors of ripe black and red fruits, spicy wood notes and a hint of vanilla (with no hard edges). It's a perfect wine to enjoy with roast lamb or beef, and is certain to impress guests during the holiday season (and beyond). Drinking beautifully now, it can also be enjoyed for the next 2-3 years.