Chateau Pilet Bordeaux 19
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My earliest ah-ha moments in wine almost always involved Bordeaux. Although the selection of imported wines years ago was rather meager, there always seemed to be a reasonably priced Bordeaux or two at the local beverage store. I quickly learned that the smaller, family-owned and operated properties were the sweet spot for a college student on a budget. Almost 50 years later, that premise still holds true, and Château Pilet is a prime example of the quality and value delivered by independent vignerons!
Château Pilet is located in Donzac, a small village in the Gironde department on the right bank of the Garonne River. The village center is classicly picturesque, with old stone houses, a Romanesque church, and narrow streets that lazily wind through the gently rolling hills. The Queyrens family has been growing grapes and making wine in Bordeaux for seven generations, and they've owned Château Pilet since the mid-1960s.
The estate features a unique diversity of terroir, allowing the family to grow Cabernet Sauvignon in addition to Merlot. The Cabernets Sauvignon is grown on the sandy-gravelly soils found on the upper slopes, providing mineral-rich depth and supple tannins. Their Merlot thrives in the clay-based soils on the lower slopes and contributes soft red fruit and freshness to their blends.
Château Pilet Bordeaux Rouge is an easy-drinking Cuvée of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Cabernet Franc. It's smooth and supple; however, it's perfectly framed by classic dusty tannins, spice, and earthy notes. In your glass, this medium-bodied red opens with aromas of dark red fruits, blackberry, and brown spice leading to a sleek palate of plum and blackberry. The ripe tannins keep the palate fresh and clean, finishing with nice length and nuance. Pair this with your favorite red meats, stews, and braises.