I just laid my hands on a couple of red beauties out of France. The first is Bellevue Seillan a blend of Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon, and Malbec from Gascony (Cotes de Gascogne). Perhaps best known as ground zero for the production of Armagnac, Gascony lies in the southwest corner of France where the landscape is rugged and the food is robust. Bellevue Seillan comes to you with just the fruit–no barrel ageing. The result is rich, fruit-forward wine with spicy accents. Perfect with roast chicken, charcuterie, and cheese–and fun to try a wine from this sometimes neglected corner of France. 35.00
The second gem, Lassegue Grand Cru, comes from the Saint-Emillon region of Bordeaux–specifically, an estate co-owned by esteemed vigneron Pierre Seillan, his wife Monique, and the Banke/Jackson family (Jackson as in the late wine legend, Jess Jackson), making it one of the few estates in Bordeaux with American ownership.
A blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Lassegue Saint-Emilion Grand Cru is striking rich in color, aroma flavor thanks to the elements imparted by each of the varietals. Think dark fruit: cassis, blackberry, dark cherry. Twelve months in French oak and further bottle time have mellowed this complex, full-bodied Grand Cru. 90.00