2016-C Chateau Bertin Montagne Saint-Emilion AOC, France (750ml)
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The Saby family has been making wine in Bordeaux for nine generations and is now led by heirs to the family passion Jean-Christophe and Jean-Phillippe. The winery holdings, centered around Libourne, are comprised of 70 hectares and include Château Rozier (Saint Émilion Grand Cru), Château Bertin (Montagne-Saint-Émilion), and Château Hauchat (Fronsac).
Montagne Saint-Émilion sits northeast of Saint Émilion proper on the right-hand side riverbank of the Barbanne. The vineyard is on a plateau of clay and limestone that slopes down towards the river. Hand-harvested and aged in a mixture of new and used oak, this Bertin cuvée consists of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc.
Dark ruby in color with aromas that are a complex mix of black and blue fruits, bell pepper, black olive and graphite, all of which are echoed on the palate along with ripe blackberry, plum and blueberry compote. The tannins are perfectly integrated with the long, tapered ﬁnish. This is a quintessential right-bank Bordeaux, and an amazingly rare value. Enjoy this scrumptious red any day and with a variety of dishes.