One of our favorite values in Bordeaux ran dry. After tasting what seemed like a thousand petit chateau, we discovered Chateau Mazetier.
Château Mazetier is a tiny, family-owned vineyard on the right bank of the Garonne River in Bordeaux. Winemaker Joseph Pallaruelo established the estate in the 1930's with an 8-hectare vineyard. The property, now comprised of 20 hectares, is headed by Joseph's grandson, Pascal, and Pascal's wife, Karine. The estate produces some of the most elegant and best-value red wines on the market.
TASTING NOTES: The Mazetier pours a dark ruby with a scarlet rim. On the nose, it is aromatic with wild cherry and ripe raspberry rising from the glass, mixed with notes of cassis and spice. On the palate, dark cherry fruit and silky lavender envelop a light mineral backbone. The finish is soft and lush, yet still retains its elegance.