Chateau Chante Alouette Cormeil Saint Emilion 2002
It is a treat to be able to find aged Bordeaux available for purchase in a wine store. Usually you would need to purchase it young and cellar it yourself, so this is a rarity. Chante Alouette Cormeil is located a little over a mile from the lovely medieval city of Saint Emilion. The winery has been in the Delol family since 1818 and after 200 years of organic farming, winemaker Samuelle Delol has decided to apply for organic certification. Her winemaking aesthetic is refined and elegant, depending more on the quality of the fruit than on the use of new oak. Made from Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon (a traditional blend on the right bank of Bordeaux), the 2002 combines red and black fruit and a hint of mint with tertiary notes of leather, tobacco and earthy minerality. The wine has dense yet fine tannins and a smooth, balanced finish. It wine calls out for meat, but rather than overpowering it with a grilled steak, try pairing it with a prime rib to showcase its mature elegance in the best possible light.