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The first hints of tobacco are forming. It is smooth,and made to pair with hard cheeses and red meats.

Scoring 17+ Dionysian Points, at 14.5% alcohol, and costing just under $40, the 2010 Chateau du Puy from Montagne Saint-Emillon is almost ready.  It comes from an outstanding vintage and will be at peak from 2020 through 2030.

It’s from a sub-region of Saint-Emillon. Made from 82% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet France, which provides the hint of rose pedal. All Bordeaux wines need 10 years to develop. I’ve seen this wine priced at just $29.99 and then I grab it.  In Vino Veritas.