"Malbec has become a fashionable grape to work with, thanks in large part to the popularity of Argentina’s plush and vivid versions,” says Wine Spectator. But don’t count out Bordeaux! The grape actually originated here in southwest France, and some of Bordeaux's best small estates are still producing rich, delicious Malbec.
Enter Château Grand Ferrand's special 'La Palombière.' It's just the kind of wine that’s too often overlooked in all the hype surrounding Bordeaux’s First Growths. Unlike those pricey wines, this rare red is already drinking beautifully (and will for several years). It's crafted primarily from Malbec (85%) – with all the dark fruit flavor Malbec fans crave – plus a dash of Merlot (15%) that adds a smooth, plummy richness. And it hails from the excellent 2014 vintage – "one to watch," according to Decanter, and by far the best since 2010.
In the glass, look for enticing aroma, bursting with ripe black fruits and cassis, with subtle hints of pepper and spice. Flavors of dark berry fruits, and touches of spicy oak from twelve months’ aging in French barrels lead to a smooth, complex finish. Like all top-notch, young Bordeaux, we recommend you decant the wine at least 30 minutes prior to serving (it will really help to ‘open up’ the aromas and flavors). Serve alongside savory red meats like lamb chops or garlic-herb roast beef.
This delicious French original is a must-try for Malbec (and Bordeaux) fans – but with very few cases to go around, you'll need to be quick.