Having had a delightful lunch on the terrace at Chateau de Parenchère last fall, I was pleased to see their 2008 Bordeaux Supérieur had recently arrived in the States. I opened it before dinner one night. I inhaled, I sipped — and I just wanted to drink it, not analyze it. It’’s a well-made wine with aromas, flavors and tannins all nicely integrated at this point in time. The wine is better when decanted, or opened an hour before serving. Then the flavors unlock, exhibiting plummy fruit, some tobacco and cocoa, and mild tannins, too. This is a fairly uncomplicated wine that smells good, tastes good, and works well with slightly salty foods from popcorn to grilled steak. Highly Recommended. BSE

WHO: Chateau de Parenchère
WHAT: 80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
WHERE: Bordeaux, France
WHEN: 2008
HOW MUCH: $13 (media sample)

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