At the Smart Wine Shopping event at Martignetti’s we tasted through a number of really nice wines, all positioned as high-value – meaning not necessarily cheap, but certainly worthy of spending your hard-earned wine dollars to acquire… One wine of note is a tasty little gem from Bordeaux, produced in the modest commune of Listrac-Médoc. Not as famous as some of the other communes along the left bank, Listrac-Médoc can produce, in great vintages, wines that deserve attention. The other nice aspect of Listrac-Médoc is that its modest stature means modest prices, usually.

The 2009 Château Veyrin is virtually unknown, at least to me anyway, but I’m less about notoriety and more about what’s in the bottle. And there is quite a bit in this bottle. Plumy, chewy with nice structure make this wine a real winner, especially at an average retail of $17.99, pre-discount.

My tasting note:

Fresh cherry fruit nose with characteristic mineral, tobacco leaf and mint hints. Medium-to-full-bodied with moderate acidity and moderate tannin – good balance. Black currant palate with menthol and plum notes. Moderate length with a tight finish. Drinking well and should improve with another 3 to 5 years in the bottle. Super value in a stellar vintage.