I often turn to a fanciful Bordeaux when looking for an easy drinking yet masterfully made red wine.  Bordeaux’s fall into my ‘sits on the fence’ wine pairing scale, as many hold tightly to the rule that reds are for meats and whites for seafood, a ready to drink Bordeaux can often be paired with foods that fall on both sides of the spectrum.  Nonetheless, my Bordeaux du jour was the Château Grand Corbin Manuel 2009, which is a Saint- Émilion Grand Cru and a blend of  Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (15% ), and  Cabernet Sauvignon (5%).

On colour, the Château Grand Corbin Manuel 2009 holds a deep ruby red hue. On the nose, scents of  cherry, blackberry, vanilla and spice are noted.  On the palate, a wonderful display of well tempered tannins coupled with bouncy red-berries at the end of the swallow, but not before a bevvy of herb and spice are experienced and topped off with a long finish.

If you purchase a bottle of Château Grand Corbin Manuel 2009, you could either let it sit for at least another year or let it breath for an hour if you’d like to drink it now.  Doing either of the afore will further highlight the beauty and roundness of this wine.

This wine retails at the LCBO for $44.95

We gave this wine a score of 4.5 out of 5