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Château Tour de Miot 2015
Bordeaux AOC, France

The Maltese Falcon (1941)
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One of the greatest years for Bordeaux wines meets one of the greatest years in classic Hollywood. Along with this landmark adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s 1930 crime novel, 1941 saw the release of Sergeant York, Sullivan’s Travels, How Green Was My Valley, and Orson Welles’ celebrated Citizen Kane. Among these masterpieces, the earthy spice notes and dark fruit flavors of this red wine call for the earthy darkness of John Huston’s great film noir and the unscrupulous characters that populate it.


With Bordeaux’s 2015 vintage being lauded as one of the best in history, it’s rare to find a great value. So, we’re thrilled to bring you Château Tour de Miot. It hails from the Mouty family’s estate just down the road from storied Saint-Emilion. Crafted from 40-year-old vines (key to serious concentration), it overflows with velvety, dark-fruit flavor. No wonder judges at the Concours des Vins Lyon awarded it a gold medal – alongside Saint-Emilion Grand Cru bottles that cost four or five times the price.


Bordeaux fans have never had it so good. In 2015, an ideal growing season with long, sunny days balanced by cooling breezes yielded wonderfully ripe fruit. Critics across the globe have been raving about the wines. “2015 is indeed a fantastic year, producing rich and opulent reds with ripe and velvety tannins. The wines have a lot of ‘wow’ factor when you taste them,” writes James Suckling. Top publications agree – Wine Spectator rates the vintage 97 points and Decanter scores it a perfect 5 out of 5.


VY_France_BordeauxHarvest1You’ll often read on wine labels that Bordeaux is made to be enjoyed with food. It’s true. The moderate maritime climate provides a long growing season, which allows the grapes to develop a trademark freshness and flavor complexity that complement rich foods. The wines also have very foodfriendly, structured tannins, thanks to the grapes’ thick skins and (often) the influence of oak.


duck_foiegras_slicedThe Mouty family suggest serving Château Tour de Miot alongside duck. Foie gras, duck confit, or roasted duck breast will all pair beautifully. It’ll be equally delicious with garlicky lamb chops, beef tenderloin, or other red meats. Vegetarians can enjoy this smooth Merlot with rich dishes like stuffed eggplant Parmesan, mushroom risotto, or sweet potato gnocchi.

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