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We have a little cult here at K&L of steak and claret on Friday nights. If you drop by the store near closing, you will no doubt over hear many of us discussing cuts of beef, potato preperations and the Bordeaux to pair with the beef. One of our favorites for current drinking is the 1999 Cantemerle, Haut-Médoc ($49.99) which is drinking perfectly at 16 years old. The composition is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 8% Petite Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This is a plummy wine from the high percentage of Merlot and I loved the minty focus on the back end. This is long finishing stuff, and has the good acid on the back cut the richness of a big steak. What a treat! 

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2004 Reginac Tops 2004 First Growths in Blind Tasting

Château Reignac. Photo by habitatgirl via Wikimedia Commons.

Ever heard of Château de Reignac? No? Well, that makes two of us. Reignac is located in Saint Loubès, which is nowhere near the famous communes of Bordeaux, but they make a solid wine (with the help of Michel Rolland) stamped with the catch-all Bordeaux Supérieur AC. At less than $15 a bottle, Reignac is one of the least expensive Bordeaux that K&L carries. But don't think that means that this is simple, casual wine. On the contrary. The 2004 Reignac ($11.99) smells like crushed berry-scented tobacco, with cola and bittersweet chocolate accents, an undercurrent of sweet earth and a structure that belies its wonderfully modest price.

What sets Reignac apart from many of our other favorite value-priced Bordeaux, is that the 2004 recently beat out the same vintage of first growth Lafite-Rothschild, second growths Cos d'Estournel, Pichon-Lalande and Pichon-Baron, and fifth growth Lynch-Bages in a blind tasting in Hong Kong, receiving top honors from the participants. And while that's just one group's preference, it speaks quite highly of the wine, and goes to show that when it comes to taste, price doesn't really matter.

Check out the video below, and then get yourself on the waiting list for this spectacular, award-winning Bordeaux, which should be arriving at K&L soon. You won't regret it.

Leah Greenstein