Château Chantecler * 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot * 2011

Every once in awhile there is a bottle I think sounds amazing and piques my interest, I buy it, then promptly forget about it. When someone brings it to my attention again it’s the elation of initial discovery for a second time. This was one of those forgotten gems I had the opportunity to re-find.

The best thing about this wine: It’s a “First Growth” at a fraction of the price. Available at: Corkscrew Wine and Cheese
By the bottle:  104.99
Pairs well with: A perfectly rare steak.
Try this if you
like: earthy and big, yet elegant red wines, try this wine.

Slow Saturdays are a great time to hang around a wine shop, especially if I happen to be around. A regular and friend brought the bottle of Château Chantecler to my attention, noting the high price for a bottle of unclassified Bordeaux. So we both launched into research mode. It turns out that this Château in Pauillac is surrounded by two First Growths and one Second Growth and is on a merely 1 Hectare of land. This is the equivalent of an artisan soda maker being surrounded by Coke, Pepsi and RC Cola! Most of the family land was sold off to Château Mouton-Rothschild next door and this is the only remaining land bearing the Chantecler name.

After reading for a while we both decided that it only made sense to open a bottle and give it a try. As this is a young wine opened before it’s time, we gave it a decent amount of time in a decanter. We then raised our glasses in a toast and gave it a shot. Immediately the earth notes on the nose was met with black currant. The palate maintained the beautiful dirtiness with medium-plus tannins and a classic, quality Bordeaux profile. This wine was young, too young. Eventually the acidity and tannic structure is going to even out into an outrageous wine. I snagged another bottle to lay down for the next 15 years. I’m looking forward to someday sitting around the table with friends and pitting this guy against a heavy hitter First Growth and see how it stacks up! My money will be on the Château Chantecler.

All The Best,

ZF

Château Chantecler * 60% Cabernet Sauvignon/40% Merlot * 2011

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