Good wine is just good wine. I know that seems like an odd way to start a post, but when I opened this bottle of Chateau du Val d’Or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009, I sat back and thought to myself “you cannot dispute a good wine”. Just like that, one sip of this Bordeaux had me transfixed in a wine odyssey.

Chateau du Val d’Or is a family run operation that was started by the grandfather of now owner Philippe Bardet, who boasts of three generations touching the land as he prepares his son to take over the operations. The vineyard uses only sustainable methods in growing and tending their vines and in fact, was the first to be accredited in Gironde.

On colour, Chateau du Val d’Or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 holds a silky ruby hue. It is a Bordeaux blend consisting of Merlot (80%), Cabernet Franc (15%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (5%).  On the nose, plum, cherry and candy apple can be found. On the palate, refined tannins, blackberry, light vanilla at the back of the tongue, slight oak with a hint of tamarind is observed. One sip and you will understand why this is an award-winning wine!

This wine cannot be found at the LCBO, but it can be ordered few several distributors. Chateau du Val d’Or Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2009 could be drunk now or even cellared for a few, making a case purchase worthwhile as it gives you a chance to try this wine through several stages of its maturation.

This wine retails for an estimated $31.99 per bottle