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Chateau La Commanderie de Queyret 2012
Bordeaux AOC, France

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
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Charles Laughton’s dark and mysterious Quasimodo becomes an unlikely hero in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), just as violet and plum flavors emerge from this Bordeaux red’s dark tones. RKO’s medieval Paris sets – some of the most elaborate ever built at that time – recall the world that saw the early days of this winemaker’s historic chateau. And in her first major role (as Esmeralda), Maureen O’Hara provides an elegant complement to this velvety smooth blend.

THE WINE

Claude Comin’s family winemaking history dates to 1884 – and quality’s never been better. Crafted at his historic château (a restored 13th-century structure originally constructed by fine-wine-loving monks), this world-class blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc just won gold at France’s competitive Concours des Vins de Mâcon.

THE ESTATE

Claude’s estate is in the heart of the Entre-deux-Mers, a top spot for Bordeaux value – if you know where to look. Unsurprisingly, the wines that win gold are some of the area’s very best buys, as you’ll taste here. Winemaker Charles Henri Bisson tasted and re-tasted until settling on the perfect blend: the 60% round, silky Merlot leads the mix, with 30% dark, firm Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% aromatic, spicy Cabernet Franc. In the glass, look forward to a bright red-purple wine with plenty of bramble fruit character, lifted by wellintegrated, food-friendly tannins.

THE REGION

The Entre-deux-Mers is the bucolic middle of Bordeaux, tucked between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers (the name literally translates to ‘between two seas’). This pretty farmland is a place to keep on your wine radar. Increasingly, small producers like Château La Commanderie “are seriously trying to make wines of note” (The World Atlas of Wine). We think this is a top example of their efforts.

THE FOOD

Bordeaux wines are best enjoyed with food – the fat, salt and other components of a properly matched dish will really enhance the wine's own flavors and texture. Lamb and beef dishes (grilled, braised or smoked) are classic pairings in France, while kidney pie is a go-to choice in the UK. Farmhouse Cheddar with cured sausages would also be a great pick.

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