Château Pilet bottle

Château Pilet

Bordeaux Red Wine, 2015

The 2015 vintage celebrates the Queyrens family’s 50th anniversary running their estate—and what a year it was. Bordeaux’s 2015 vintage is widely considered stellar, especially for Merlot-based reds. A strong growing season makes for a fuller, richer wine, but doesn’t sacrifice Bordeaux’s trademark complexity. This might be the best-ever wine by brothers Alain, Patrick and Christophe Queyrens. It recently earned a score of 91 points from esteemed wine critic James Suckling.

Profile

Château Pilet Bordeaux Red is a textbook wine from the Entre-Deux-Mers region, where Merlot is king. As with all classic Bordeaux reds, the wine strikes a perfect balance between its tannins and dark-fruit flavors.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
APPEARANCE
Purple garnet
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Baking spices
Blackberry
Black cherry
Black olive

Pairing

These wines are about balancing concentration and complexity. Rhône red blends, Syrah/Shiraz and Zweigelt all have intense flavors of dark fruit accented with spice notes—black pepper, clove or cinnamon, to name a few. That fruity-peppery symmetry is simply beautiful with lamb, a specialty in the Rhône Valley.

TASTING TIP

Note the wine’s savory, black-olive character. That comes from aromatic compounds called pyrazines, found in all Bordeaux grape varieties—especially Merlot.

Do as the French would do with their steak frites, and pour a bold red with a spicy kick. Keep it classic.

Do as the French would do with their steak frites, and pour a bold red with a spicy kick. Keep it classic.

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More About The Wine

This wine comes from an area in Bordeaux called Entre-Deux-Mers (“between two seas”), between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers. (The regions on either side are the Left Bank and Right Bank, respectively.) Entre-Deux-Mers is the hot spot for Bordeaux’s young, innovative producers, who are making wines on a par with those of the big-name Left and Right Bank châteaus.

DID YOU KNOW?

One of the hottest trends in winemaking is fermenting in concrete vats. Concrete provides a temperature-stabilized, neutral environment that allows a wine’s character to shine.

  • VARIETY
    Bordeaux Red Wine
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Various
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France
  • OAK
    Concrete vats (no oak)
  • ALCOHOL
    13.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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