How many times do you come across a decent Bordeaux for $7? My answer is: “rarely, if not almost never”. I had to use “almost” because of this 2010 Chateau Chantemerle. Costco’s buyers found a very decent merlot-based wine that quite nicely pairs with most foods. You don’t want to drink this alone — it is an accompaniment wine.
A combination of 65% merlot, 25% cab and 10% cab franc, this is a wine that you’d expect to drink in a French bistro with your meal. It is both tannic and fruity with a dominant flavor of black currant. There’s enough acidity to complement the food but with a smooth aftertaste. I drank this wine over three days and found the second and third days superior to the first, so feel free to decant this wine or nurse it slowly over a few days. Bon Appetit.
– Michael S
Costco item #:774452
Rating: 88 (largely due to value)