The last wine of our late September blind tasting was a stunner. The fabulous deep purple color was followed by an amazing bouquet of ultra-ripe blackberries, cassis, exotic spices, new leather and that ineffable scent of expensive car tires, which is associated with one of Bordeaux’s greatest wines, Château La Mission Haut-Brion. On the palate the wine was dense, concentrated and permeated with dark fruits, with the fresh acidity and ripe, balancing tannins keeping everything in harmony. A chewy finish added a most attractive earthy note to the wine. Thoughts of high quality porterhouse steak, grilled lamb and roast duck flashed before our imagination. We surmised that a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot defined the basic profile of, as one of the tasters so rightly commented, this “sexy and sophisticated” wine. There was simply nothing here to criticize—only to praise and enjoy. Once revealed, the wine was indeed a Bordeaux blend from a modest property in the region of Bergerac, some fifty miles due east of Bordeaux. The sub-region is named Pécharmant, which is earning a favorable reputation for its gutsy, flavorful red wines. The château in question, Les Farcies du Pech’, is new to the American market and has made a brilliant debut here with their 2007 vintage. Our price estimates for the wine ran from thirty-five to fifty dollars, but as you can see the wine is priced well below our “professional” valuation. The 2007 Château Les Farcies du Pech’ Pécharmant is an amazing wine at an eye popping price, meant to be bought by the case and consumed frequently!
Bob Millman, New York Vintners