Last night we cracked open a bottle of the 2006 Chateau Bellerose Figeac from Saint-Emilion in the Bordeaux region of southern France. Like most French red table wines from the region, this vintage is primarily Merlot and displayed a fine sweet perfumed bouquet.
We let it breathe in the bottle for about fifteen minutes before serving into Riedel “O” series (stem less) glasses. The colour was a very nice rouge, and on the first taste was a little tart. However, on subsequent tastings the wine (after breathing for longer) proved quite a bit more robust.
Not a bad drop given the price range, this nice Merlot would make a nice accompaniment with French and Italian cuisine. Recommended for fans of Merlot and for those just breaking into red wine.
Coming up next: 2006 Reserve de L’Estey (Calvert) – Margaux