Movie & Wine Pairing


Château du Bel Air ‘Cuvée Excellence’ 2016
Bordeaux AOC, France

Gigi (1958)
JUNE 19 @ 12:15 AM (ET)

Bien sûr! Pair this dynamic and well-structured French red with a classic Parisian-set film. Gigi found much acclaim at that year’s Academy Awards, winning filmmaker Vincente Minnelli a Best Director trophy. Minnelli’s signature touch – along with an enchanting musical score – is what makes the story of a young French courtesan such an indelible experience.


With such great quality to be found across France’s most famous region, our Bordeaux expert had his choice of topnotch 2016s. And he’s really outdone himself with Château du Bel Air’s special ‘Cuvée Excellence.’ From the renowned Tordeur family (who have made gorgeous Bordeaux for seven generations), it’s a classic marriage of Merlot (60%) and Cabernet Franc (40%). Aged one year in fine oak barrels, it debuted to a gold medal at the Concours Général Agricole and brims with toasty, black-fruit charm.


Named after a grape-devouring blackbird (le merle in French), Merlot is one of the world’s most popular reds. Known for producing velvety, food-friendly wines, it’s most famous in Bordeaux’s Pomerol and Saint-Emilion regions, where it makes sought-after bottles that can sell for thousands. However, other Bordeaux regions offer great-value alternatives that are still worthy of dinner guests. This award-winning beauty includes a healthy dose of Cabernet Franc for structure and extra aromatic oomph.


VY_France_BordeauxHarvest1Critics and winemakers are raving about the 2016 vintage. Expert James Suckling says, “2016 is the third outstanding vintage in a row for Bordeaux ... an excellent year, producing dynamic and well-structured wines.” Word to the wise: devastating frosts made for a very tiny harvest in 2017, which means fewer bottles and higher prices. Stock your cellar with the 2016s while you can.


beef_roastbeef_poshThis elegant ‘Cuvée Excellence’ will be a happy addition to your dinner table. We love it with tender beef roasts, but it’s equally tasty with lamb chops, pork tenderloin, or even crispy duck. You could also enjoy it alongside hearty vegetable and lentil stews. Whatever you serve, try to decant the wine 30 minutes before pouring to unleash its full aromatic and flavor complexity.

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