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Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 1.19.09 PMWhat’s your favorite region to get wine from? I think I have a whole lot of them but my go-to is always Virginia wine or wine from France. The wines from Bordeaux, Rhone, and Burgundy seem to take everyone’s favorite grape and make it just a little more earthy and complex. The French would say that the terroir, or land, would be the reason for this. I would think that there has to be some other factor that come into play but who knows?

Today’s selection comes from Bordeaux and is the 2008 Chateau Boutisse Saint-Emilion Grand Cru. This wine is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. I found this wine for a great price at Gary’s Wine for $17.78, which for any French Bordeaux is a great price.

Here is the description from their site:

One Of The Highest Rated Values From The 2008 Vintage

Chateau Boutisse is one of the very first and certainly one of the best QPRs of our 2008 Bordeaux selections to arrive.   You don’t want to miss this one.  A Grand Cru St Emilion rated 91 points for $19.99 per bottle!

Chateau Boutisse 2008 was among the Wine Spectator’s highest rated St Emilions from the vintage.  In fact, the Wine Spectator’s rating of 91 points was as high or higher than they gave to St Emilion heavyweights including Angelus ($162), Valandraud ($220), and Troplong Mondot ($90).

Robert Parker said, “A strong effort for this fairly-priced cuvee, the 2008 is one of the finest wines I have tasted from Boutisse”

A steal at $19.99 per bottle for a 91 point Grand Cru St Emilion!  As a bonus we’re offering $1/Bottle shipping!


Robert Parker 88-90 Points

A strong effort for this fairly-priced cuvee, the 2008 is one of the finest wines I have tasted from Boutisse. Displaying spicy oak, tobacco leaf, licorice, and smoky elements intermixed with sweet red and black currant fruit, this ripe, round, generous St.-Emilion is ideal for drinking during its first 12-15 years of life.

Wine Spectator 91 Points

This is a ripe, fleshy, toasty, modern-style version, boasting rich layers of raspberry ganache, crushed plum and boysenberry fruit, held together by stylish, fine-grained structure. Extra spice, anise and graphite notes fill in on the finish. Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2016. 7,000 cases made.–JM

So what did I think?

Color – Deep dark red.

Nose – Leather, tobacco, mint, and red fruit.

Taste – Earthy, with cranberries.

Finish – Medium to long with high acid and very nice rounded tannins.

Overall, this wine is very earthy. It has very muted fruit but it is still very good. This is a very smooth bold wine with great structure and tannins. Get your hands on one of these if you really like those earthy french wines. I will be looking through my cellar to see if I have another bottle. I sure hope I do!

Rating: A