Movie & Wine Pairing


Château Haut Cabut 2014
Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux AOC, France

The Last Metro (1980)

Pair this captivating French red with a couple of France’s most beloved actors. Catherine Deneuve stars as a stage actress during the Nazi occupation, whose Jewish husband goes into hiding in the theater’s cellar, with Gerard Depardieu costarring as a fellow performer – and potential romantic partner. The Last Metro is one of the most popular and personal films of director Francois Truffaut, made later in his career and culled together from impressions from his childhood during the war.


Look past Bordeaux’s big-name estates and storied regions and you’ll discover small, family-run wineries that deliver top quality and great value. Enter: the Dop family’s Château Haut Cabut. This rich beauty is their Grand Vin, crafted from their finest estategrown Merlot (75%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), and Cabernet Franc (10%). Sporting 91 Wine Enthusiast points, it’s a “ripe and spicy wine” that “offers layers of black fruits. It has a concentrated texture and a firm structure that is juicy while dense.”


Château Haut Cabut has been in the Dop family for more than 150 years. Overlooking the Gironde River, the vineyards benefit from warm, sunny days and cooling breezes that help produce perfectly ripe and fresh grapes. These conditions were at their apex during the stellar 2014 vintage, which produced fantastic wines. Bordeaux expert James Suckling says it best: “the reds show harmony and finesse with solid cores of fruit and extremely polished tannins.”


VY_France_BordeauxHarvest3The Blaye district of Bordeaux lies just across the Gironde from Margaux in the storied Haut-Médoc. As with most other ‘Right Bank’ spots, Merlot is the celebrity grape here, thriving on the region’s trademark clay-limestone soils. While a bulk of its production used to be simple white wines destined for cognac, today Blaye is getting praise for its rich and meant-to-be-drunk-young reds.


stew_coq_au_vinThe Dop family recommend serving their silky Grand Vin with oven-roasted meats. It’ll be delicious with beef tenderloin, roast leg of lamb, or even dark-meat poultry dishes like classic coq au vin (chicken braised with wine, lardons, mushrooms, and garlic). Other tasty options? Hearty stews (we suggest ones that star root vegetables) or firm, aged cheeses.

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