2015 Vieux Chateau Saint Andre$24.99
Wow, what a great Bordeaux gem we tasted this week. Vieux Chateau Saint Andre comes from Montagne Saint Emilion, which has the same terroir as the wines St Emilion proper. This is one of three tiny estates the Berrouet family owns, and the Patriarch of the family Jean Claude was the wine-maker at Chateau Petrus for almost ½ a century. His son Oliver is now in charge of wine-making at Chateau Petrus. Jean Claude and his other son Jean Francois manage the three small estates the family owns. The Annual production of Vieux Chateau Saint Andre is only about 10,000 bottles extremely tiny by Bordeaux standards. The 2015 vintage is a show stopper, and it was good as or better than a lot of $100+ St Emilion so-called garage wines we have tasted. There is a mélange of black and red fruits, minerals, earth, red flowers, Asian spices, and a touch of tar. The palate is impeccably balanced and seamless with red fruit, herbs, minerals all keep in check with by well-rounded tannins. The pedigree here is way beyond the price, and it's one of the most excellent Bordeaux we have tasted in a long time at this price point. We bought the last 10 cases the supplier had, and it gets our highest recommendation, don't miss it!