Bordeaux is one of the most famous wine-making regions in the world and good Bordeaux wines are some of the most expensive bottles you can buy. But Bordeaux doesn’t have to be very expensive to be good.
A case in point is Château le Puy’s “Emilien,” a blend of mostly Merlot, with some Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Carmenère added in.
The vineyard, which boasts 50-year-old vines, sits just east of two well-known Right Bank villages, Pomerol and St.-Émilion. Even though Château le Puy boasts 400 years of winemaking tradition, it has less of a “terroir” pedigree than wineries in those more famous villages. As a result, Château le Puy’s wines cost less than wines of similar quality from Pomerol and St.-Émilion. Emilien is thus a proverbial “hidden gem,” priced at CI$41.99 at West Indies Wine Company.
Château le Puy is certified organic and biodynamic and many of its wine-making practices are done without the aid of motorised machines. In the case of Emilien, the result is a full-bodied, delicious, elegant wine with silky tannins and aromas of ripe fruits and just a hint of oakiness. The wine will age well for decades, a clear indication of its quality.
Grand Cayman residents and visitors will have a chance to taste Château le Puy’s wines — including a vertical tasting of three Emilien vintages — for themselves at a West Indies Wine Company Somm Series event on March 7. Winemaker Harold Langlais will be on island to present the tasting.