Movie & Wine Pairing


Château Roc de Pellebouc 2015
Bordeaux AOC, France

Angel Face (1953)

This red Bordeaux blend is a complex mixture of ripe red fruit aromas, elegant structure and fine tannins. Pour a glass and watch this compelling film noir from producer Howard Hughes and director Otto Preminger, featuring one of Jean Simmons’ strongest and most unexpected performances as the femme fatale. Her role opposite Robert Mitchum adds a layer of complexity to her already impressive career.


From the famed Thienpont family and star grape grower Ludovic Roussillon comes this sophisticated, boutique Bordeaux. Château Roc de Pellebouc lies in the premium EntreDeux-Mers region, just miles outside of storied Saint-Emilion. A classic marriage of soft, plummy Merlot (85%) and beautifully structured Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), it shows all the richness of Bordeaux’s fantastic 2015 vintage.


Pomerol’s influential Thienpont family are the force behind Château Le Pin, one of the most expensive red wines in the world (a single bottle can fetch over $5,000!). They purchased 13th-century Château Roc de Pellebouc in 2006, struck by how similar the land was to another of their properties, Saint-Emilion Premier Grand Cru Classé, Château Pavie-Macquin. They knew it would be an ideal spot to grow Merlot, enlisting Ludovic Roussillon (renowned for his skill in cultivating Merlot) to oversee the vineyard – and as expected, quality has been exceptional.


Bordeaux makes around one in eight bottles of French wine, including some of the world’s most celebrated, cellar-worthy 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, like Château Roc de Pellebouc.


The Thienpont family recommend that you decant this elegant Bordeaux an hour before serving to open up its complex aromas and flavors. When it’s time to pour, it makes a delicious partner for savory beef dishes (we like juicy roasts, beef tenderloin, and flame-grilled steaks). It’ll also be tasty with hearty stews (with or without meat), vegetarian casseroles or firm, mature cheeses.

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