Vieux Naudin Bordeaux Superieure 2015 Cabernet Merlot
While this wine is labeled as "Bordeaux Supérieure", which is a very broad quality classification, it is actually grown in the heart of Saint-Michel-de-Fronsac, on Bordeaux's "Right Bank:" (i.e. the right bank of the river Dordogne) close to Saint-Émilion. 2015 was a hot year that gave wines of deep colour, intense fruit expression, and excellent tannin structure to ensure 5 to ten years' cellaring potential. This is a gutsy introduction to Bordeaux's Right Bank. What I really love about this wine is the tannins that are so tight and all-enveloping. The aromatics are there, and good, but mellow with a russet autumnal feel (so not strictly fruit-driven), but the palate is firing on all cylinders with lashings of real tannin that builds and builds in the mouth like any grown-up Bordeaux should do. Kind of reminiscent of Barolo with a bit of age. Authentically Bordeaux, superb value, and highly recommended.