Our love of Right Bank Bordeaux has brought us to Lussac Saint-Emilion and the release of a very special wine, the 2014 Montesquieu Cherchez la Femme. Just north of Saint-Emilion, the tiny appellation is home to countless family vineyard owners dedicated to preserving the traditional expression of Right Bank Bordeaux. A classic blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Cabernet Franc, the wine delivers the elegance and complexity we have come to expect from this revered clay-limestone terroir.
Deep crimson in color, the nose offers an abundance of complexity with a perfume of black cherry and licorice dusted in earth and subtle notes of mushroom, cigar box and cooking spices. Classic Right Bank fruit can be found on the palate, with elegant soft plum and blackberry flavors gaining complexity, augmented with a touch of grilled herbs and new leather. An equally smooth, polished finish is retained while the firm tannins are in perfect harmony with the fruit, making the wine even more approachable after an hour in the decanter. The wine should also develop nicely in the cellar and gain additional complexity over the next 8-10 years. Best served with a variety of red meats, grilled flank steak with a soy-ginger marinade would be an excellent choice.