Ch Coulonge Tradition 17
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I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for this jewel of a Bordeaux. My good friend and everyone's favorite Frenchman, Jean-Christian Rostagni, introduced me to this wine last year, and I became an instant fan. It represents everything I love about Bordeaux with two added benefits: it's estate-produced by a family-owned property, and it's certified organic!
It is indeed rare to find Bordeaux made with this level of quality and integrity at such an affordable price. I would easily compare this to more commercially produced Bordeaux at twice the price. My hat is off to Jean-Christian for sourcing this marvelous wine.
Earthy dark red fruits open in the glass to a palate of generous fruit that's deftly balanced with classic Bordeaux structure. For the Cuvée, 80% Merlot provides the supple smoothness, and the 10% each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon contribute the background muscle and oomph.
This youthful wine is immediately enjoyable; however, if you have the patience, it will nicely reward years of cellaring. Enjoy this with grilled meats, poultry, and especially lamb chops!