Château Saint Aubin is located in the village of Jau-Dignac-et-Loirac in Gironde on the left bank of Bordeaux in the very north of the Medoc region. A family owned estate since 1928, the Château is now operated by Vincent Fernandez de Castro of the third generation. The 62 acres of vineyards are comprised of sand, gravel and soft clay and are planted to Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Carménère. Planted in close proximity to the vineyards of the esteemed 2nd Growth Château, Cos d’Estournel, the vineyards of Saint Aubin are divided into plots according to where each varietal will best express its terroir; although left bank Bordeaux wines are traditionally Cabernet-heavy, they produce Merlot-based wines exclusively like this bang-for-your-buck 2015 vintage that we are thrilled to introduce to all of you! This blend of 49% Merlot, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 10% Cabernet Franc and 3% Carménère is classified as ‘Cru Bourgeois’, a quality seal awarded to Médoc wines on a per vintage basis before bottling. This classification is a way for consumers to distinguish high quality wines from Bordeaux that were left out of the famous 1855 Classification of Crus Classés, which ranked wines in importance from first to fifth growths. Regardless of these complicated classification systems, we give it our own stamp of approval as it is a truly great value Bordeaux that you can enjoy on any night! Classic Bordeaux aromas of tobacco leaves, leather, cassis and black plum introduce a medium-full bodied palate with ever so slightly grippy tannins. More savory notes appear on the mid-palate suggesting dried thyme, white pepper and graphite, yet hints of inky dark fruit shine through, providing nice contrast to the wine’s earthiness. A beautifully balanced and layered blend, there is a pleasant dose of cedar to round out the wine and enrich the very long finish.