chateau marzinAn inexpensive Bordeaux that is rich and full of flavor yet distinctly Bordeaux? Impossible, you say. It’s rare as a nun in a bikini, but this one get’s close.

Deep plum, with pungent scents of freshly turned earth and a hint of barnyard playing in the background, on the palate the fruit is laced with coffee, soft and round in the mouth and surprisingly dense for Bordeaux. The acidity is low but the midpalate shows some steel, the tannins have grain but no grip, showing off a medium length finish with a nice seam of pure fruit.

From an exceptionally good vintage. Blaye is a large wine region producing mostly cheap Merlot on the right bank of the Dordogne northeast of the more celebrated regions of Pomerol and St. Emilion. There are gems to be found there.

The mood evokes a soft, mellow rusticity. Bonnie’s got some barnyard in that voice.