Ch Haut Canteloup Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 16
I'm always amazed at how some folks forget about Bordeaux once the warmer weather arrives. Like a blockbuster Napa Cab or a beefy Brunello, some Bordeaux isn't built for sipping on the porch in the middle of summer. On the other hand, a lot of Bordeaux is ideal for the summer months, and a light or medium-bodied bottle of Bordeaux makes the perfect companion for grilled meats -- especially burgers. When Hammond and I are grilling out or tossing some burgers on the grill, you can bet we'll be pulling the cork on a bottle of Haut Canteloup.
Château Haut Canteloup is owned by the Bordenave family and located in the Fours Commune of the Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux appellation, a stone's throw from the Gironde River's Right Bank and just across the river from the famous properties of the Medoc. The clay soil-limestone soil in the Fours Commune is ideally suited for Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and the wines here tend to be softer and more suited for early enjoyment.
In your glass, you'll find a surprising amount of balance and elegance -- a most welcome characteristic for Bordeaux so reasonably priced. Aromas of wild berry, dark cherry greet you on the nose introducing black raspberry and red plum on the palate. The velvety-smooth palate is fruit-driven right up to the finish when delicate tannins and hints of tobacco remind you that it's Bordeaux in the glass.
This is the Bordeaux to grab on those hot summer days when you're grilling burgers, chicken, pork, and lighter red meats. It could also sub in for your favorite pasta pizza red, and it's even silky enough to splash into a glass for poolside enjoyment. Don't miss this one!
90 Points James Suckling
This has impressive fruit depth and capacity with a wealth of wild red-berry and plum aromas. The palate delivers a succulent wine with impressive poise and an upbeat, spicy oak-dressed finish. Drink or hold.