From a very good vintage, the 2009 Chateau Siaurac from Lalande de Pomerol has 14.5% alcohol, a bit high, cost under $24, and scored 17- silver medal points on the International Dionysian scale of a possible 20.

At just 12 years old, it is approaching what older Bordeaux should have. It’s mostly Merlot with a bit of Cabernet Franc and shows blueberry and rosy flowers notes. The tannins are soft already.

Served with roasted beef. The Bordeaux is a great food red. It was even better with some New York State cheddar after dinner.

I expect the wine to mature for another two decades but will be nearing its peak flavors in another five years. With top quality Bordeaux prices skyrocketing, smart wine lovers need to seek out lesser known high quality wines like this one and age them yourself. My next few notices will be all wines that I can no longer afford. In Vino Veritas.