High in the hilltops overlooking Bordeaux's famed Brion valley, you’ll find the Guignard brother's charming Château de Carolle. Their barrel-aged red is certainly no stranger to acclaim. It's been listed in the Wine Spectator Ultimate Guide to Buying Wine, and this delicious 2012 sports gold medals from two of France's biggest shows: the 2013 Concours International des Vins in Lyon and the 2013 Concours de Bordeaux. It's a classic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc that was aged 14 months in fine French oak, and is already drinking deliciously.
Bordeaux's Graves region is home to famous estates like First Growth Château Haut-Brion. What is the style of the reds? Here's Bordeaux expert Steven Spurrier (he's the one who organized the famous 1976 Judgement of Paris tasting): "Graves is one of the oldest regions and the wines maintain a certain elegance as though, being historical, they don’t need to show off. It is one of my very favorite Bordeaux appellations … the leafy, textured reds show individual vineyard character. Graves wines are some of the nicest and best value in Bordeaux."
Top critic Robert Parker says that in 2012, the Graves reds were "consistently very good … excellent." In the glass, this lovely example offers up aromas of ripe berries and toasty oak. On the palate, it bursts with flavors of damson plum, red currant preserves and smoky cedar. It will be perfect with succulent meats like pork and duck. We recommend decanting the wine an hour or more before serving to 'open up' its full range of flavors.
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