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Château Le Bonalguet 2016
Bordeaux AOC, France

All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 28 @ 08:00 PM (ET)

A highly anticipated and award-winning film, Universal’s World War I epic still resonates decades after its original release. Based on the world-famous novel by Erich Maria Remarque, it’s a harrowing experience made all the more compelling by its leading actor, Lew Ayres. Crafted a few hundred miles from the site of France’s western front, this Bordeaux red will age gracefully as well – but feel free to open it when this movie airs on TCM!

THE WINE

The Sueur family’s Château Le Bonalguet is one of those under-the-radar beauties the French like to keep to themselves. Last year, they gave us exclusive U.S. access to the exceptional 2015 release, and now, we’re thrilled to introduce the highly anticipated (and equally stunning) 2016 edition. Once again, the Sueur family maintained rigorous selection standards in the vineyard (ensuring only the ripest Merlot and more were picked), then treated the wine to kid-glove care in the cellar.

Thanks to the family’s attention to quality (and the stellar 2016 vintage), Château Le Bonalguet has once again impressed Fabrice Sommier (a former best Sommelier of France, who works at George Blanc’s 3-Michelin-star restaurant in Lyon). For the second vintage in a row, Fabrice rated it “a near-perfect wine.” It has also won THREE coveted gold medals from some of France’s toughest shows. With elegant, black-fruit flavors and gentle spice notes, Château Le Bonalguet will make a fine centerpiece for any dinner.

THE REGION

VY_France_BordeauxBordeaux is probably the most famous wine region in the world. With quality at an all-time high, there’s never been a better time to be a fan of its classic reds. The word ‘Bordeaux’ is a derivative of au bord de l’eau, meaning ‘along the waters’ – so it’s no coincidence the highest quality vineyards are those nearest to either the Gironde, Dordogne, or Garonne rivers.

WITH FOOD

beef_potroastLike many top-notch Bordeaux, Château Le Bonalguet really comes into its own with food. We think it’s a perfect match for savory red meats, such as juicy roast beef, succulent lamb chops, or even game (try a bison and vegetable stew). If meat isn’t on the menu, go for hearty vegetarian pastas or casseroles, or firm, aged cheeses like Gouda or Parmesan.

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