Chateau De Bellevue, Lussac St~Emilion, Bordeaux, 2015

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95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc.  A certified organic wine.  Located in northern Bordeaux, where Merlot dominates, grapes grow in limestone and clay soil that’s chalkier and less pebbly than in the the left bank to the south.

There’s no need to decant this Bordeaux. Its delicate and tangy nose of red berries and graphite blossom willingly into a mouthful of violet and black tea on the palate. Pair it with something as simple as a succulent roast chicken with a side of salad greens, or, if you are feeling très Bordeaux, try it with braised chicories and skewers of smoky bacon and scallop brochettes à la Richard Olney.