If you follow Bordeaux, you know that 2011 was the year of upside-down weather. (If you don’t follow Bordeaux, now you know.) Summer came in Spring, Fall in Summer, Summer in Fall, and all Bordeaux was in an uproar. In Bordeaux, weather is quality, quality is reputation, and reputation is all, and the true weirdness of the vintage was too much for many growers and makers. With four subsequent vintages pressed and vinified, the contours of 2011 are clearer, and the reputation (that is to say, the quality) of Biac intact. Rigorous selection in the vineyard and on the sorting table, along with a judicious blending of Merlot with Cabernet Sauvignon balanced out the climatological difficulties, letting fruit and tannin meld together. The symphony that is the Château played on through the unsettling weather, and, aged and bottled, the music of the wine is harmonious, rich, and deep. Softened by the cassis and blackberry fruit of Merlot, the underlying structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon gives tremendous density and depth. The cool weather lightens the whole with harmonic red fruit which lingers above the weighty, somewhat brooding body of the wine. Fresh in its fifth year, with delicious fruit and no sign that it will tire early, it shows the vigor, balance, and easy drinkability of Biac’s wines.
Pairing:Have it with roast veal with mushrooms, Lebanese Oriental rice and chicken, or buffalo chili.
VARIETY: 56% CABERNET SAUVIGNON, 40% MERLO, 2% CABERNET FRANC, 2% PETIT VERDOT
REGION: Cadillac, Côtes de Bordeaux, FRANCE