2018 F. Thienpont Merlot | Cabernet Franc, Bordeaux AOC, France (750ml)

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F. Thienpont is the personal project of François Thienpont, the Bordeaux luminary whose family owns legendary Right Bank estates Vieux Château Certan and Le Pin, as well as Château Puygeraud. Established in 2000 to highlight the best qualities of the vintage, the F. Thienpont wines are fruit driven and demonstrative of the elegance expected of the appellation; primarily Merlot-based wines grown on the Monbadon plateau east of Saint-Émilion, in vineyards that have been cultivated for over 10 years using completely organic methods. For this project, François brought on legendary oenologist Stéphane Derenoncourt, who works for many Bordeaux wineries (including Beausejour Duffau-Lagarrosse, Pavie-Macquin, La Mondotte and Clos Fourtet) as consulting oenologist.

This bottling is a blend of 95% Merlot and 5% Cabernet Franc created from a mix of purchased and family estate fruit, sourced primarily from the Right Bank. After harvest, the grapes were carefully vinified using traditional Bordeaux winemaking techniques and aged for 7 months in a combination of new and used 225L French oak barrels.

Deep, dark garnet. Classic aromas of black and blue fruits with a touch of oyster-shell. The palate is juicy and fruit-forward with fresh blackberry, cassis and blueberry flavors, solid tannins and bright, nicely focused acidity. Wonderfully balanced through the finish, this affordable red Bordeaux certainly represents its pedigree and truly overdelivers at only $16 per bottle!

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