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Chateau Les Riganes

Chateau Les Riganes
2016 Merlot, Bordeaux AOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Kosher
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$11.99

Chateau Les Riganes
2016 Merlot, Bordeaux AOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13% RS: <1%
Deep purple color. Aromas of raspberry leaf, blueberry syrup, charred oak chips, and buttered lima beans with a chewy, lively, dry medium-full body and a medium-length berry vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, dark chocolate, instant coffee, and lemon curd finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A weeknight Bordeaux.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Old World & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: raspberry leaf, blueberry syrup, charred oak chips, and buttered lima beans
Taste Flavor: berry vinaigrette, toasted pine nuts, dark chocolate, instant coffee, and lemon curd
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Beef Stroganoff, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A weeknight Bordeaux.

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Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.