Red Bordeaux is prized by wine lovers and collectors the world over. And while the big, expensive names like Château Lafite command the lion’s share of the spotlight, Bordeaux’s petits châteaux (literally ‘small castles’) are where fantastic values can be found – especially when you know the right people. Our man on the ground, Jean-Marc Sauboua, has an unrivaled set of contacts in the region, including the esteemed Ludovic Roussillon, whose small estate produces this top-Favorited red. Our customers aren’t the only ones who love it – Château Le Coin has won at least one gold medal every vintage since its U.S. debut in 2010.
Ludovic’s 45-year-old vines yielded superior-quality fruit in 2015, and already sports a gold medal from top French wine guide Gilbert & Gaillard. A classic Bordeaux blend of soft, plummy Merlot, firm Cabernet Sauvignon, and spicy Cabernet Franc, it’s made for enjoying with food, and boasts a freshness that’ll have you coming back for a second glass. Look forward to bright aromas of bramble fruit, dark plum and baking spices. On the palate, ripe black fruit and touches of vanilla and clove continue to please through the smooth, elegant finish.
Already delicious at release, this delightful red, like all fine Bordeaux, will also benefit from a few years to mature in the bottle. Whenever you choose to serve it, we recommend decanting the wine for about an hour beforehand, to help draw out its full aromas and flavors. Then sip with braised short ribs or lamb, or tasty French vegetarian dishes like courge et duxelles de casserole (butternut squash and chopped mushroom casserole).