Weekly Wine Grab Bag - August 15, 2019

It's a big week here at Meg & Merlot... August 15 is Plato's birthday! He turned 9 and insisted that I share a secondary "Wine of the Week" of his choice to commemorate the occasion. Be sure to scroll all the way down to see him modeling the bonus wine!

This Week: Diversity in Wine, Bordeaux, and Sweet Wine

The Vintner Project: 48 Hours on Seneca Lake

Wine of the Week

Château La Bastienne Montagne-Saint-Émilion 2016 is 100% Merlot from the right bank of the Dordogne. The flavors are dense and dark: black plums, black cherries, bitter dark chocolate, white pepper, nutmeg, and dry earth. Tannins and acidity hover around medium, but the body feels medium+. A great choice for anyone who loves an approachable, hearty red with a touch of French elegance!

Located northeast of Saint-Émilion, the Montagne-Saint-Émilion appellation offers some great options for Bordeaux bargain hunters, including this bottle, which I purchased for $20 from wine.com.

Quod Vinum

Beyond its native Bordeaux, Merlot is planted in wine regions across the world, including ~93,000 acres in Italy. (Source: Wine Folly.) Some of the best Italian Merlots and Merlot-based blends can be found in Tuscany where they are labeled as Toscana IGT and known as "Super Tuscans."

From the Meg & Merlot Archives

Finding good value wines can be really difficult. Here are 5 of my favorite value reds from top producers to make it a little easier!

And now, the bonus wine...

Plato's Bonus Wine of the Week

Eric Texier 2017 Chat Fou is Plato's pick this week. "Chat fou" means "crazy cat" in French, fitting for a 9-year-old who acts like a kitten. It’s a fresh blend of 85% Grenache and 15% Clairette/Viognier/Chasselas/“other” from the St.Julien-en-St.Alban vineyard in the northern Rhône. Notes of strawberries, pomegranate, baking spices, and wildflowers, plus high acidity and med- tannins. It's a fun red wine for a summer birthday!