If you’ve blinked in the last week or so, you very easily would’ve missed an all new(ish) roster on our by-the-glass list and a new wine feature. But don’t fret, Nopalize is here to break down the new additions.
Cabernet Franc-Merlot Chateau Haut-Segottes St. Emilion 2007 $15
There is a lot to love about this offering from Haut-Segottes. The medium frame of Cabernet Franc gives good acid without singular vegetal notes or gnarly young tannins. The grip is just the proper amount.
But the best thing about Haut Segottes is that it is run by a dynamite woman named Madame Danielle Meunier. Though well into her 60’s Mme Meunier manages all facets of the estate including the vineyard maintenance and winemaking. As a 4th generation winemaker whose great-grandmother purchased managed the same 18-acre property, we realize the Meunier women are forceful creatures.
These are the anecdotes that become building blocks of Bordeaux romance. Her reputation is one of a perfectionist, and this wine does nothing to undermine that. It is lighter, and high-toned, showing lovely bright red fruit—namely currants. The mid palate has lots of depth; a particularly leathered core to accompany the aforementioned tannin. A really lovely Bordeaux.