“Good winemaking has produced excellent wines throughout Bordeaux” in 2011, says top critic Robert Parker. And this classic red from Le Chai au Quai – a boutique cellar that Decanter magazine hails as a “fabulous venture” – certainly delivers the goods.
It may read “Haut-Médoc” on the label, but the grapes (60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot) actually hail from a prestigious Cru Bourgeois Listrac estate. Their head winemaker, Bernard Lartigue, happens to be long-time friends with Le Chai’s winemaking chief, Jean-Marc Sauboua – so Bernard generously agreed to let Jean-Marc take a portion of his 2011 vintage in order to bring you this superb red.
Crafted at Bernard’s grand property, then brought to Le Chai for a year of aging in fine oak barrels, Le Grand Chai is smooth and richly satisfying. There's aromas of ripe berries, with hints of earth and cedar. On the palate, this medium-bodied Haut-Médoc offers up complex flavors of cassis, plum and wild red berry, culminating in a long, toasty finish. Delicious now, it will also cellar nicely for a few years. Bring this one to a dinner party – it will make a tasty partner for cheese platters or hearty roasts.
Only a tiny amount made. First come, first served.