Recently picked this up on special – $8.99 per bottle before the discount – I’m always in the market for inexpensive, everyday wines that I don’t mind opening with weeknight suppers. Often times I’m looking for something with character that is also easy-drinking and food friendly. This little wine fits the bill perfectly.

A 50% Merlot – 50% Cabernet Sauvignon blend, with grapes primarily from the Bordeaux area of Entre Deux Mers, the Château du Pin has a classic Bordelaise style with a very approachable, fruity palate. Because the appellation is the larger Bordeaux AOC, consumers will benefit in a strong vintage like 2010 because prices will be moderate – as evident in my opening sentence – and quality will be high.

My tasting note:

Fresh cherry nose with currant, anise and cedar hints. Medium-bodied with moderate acidity and moderate, dry tannin – good balance. Dark fruit core with cocoa dust, tobacco leaf and classic earthy garrigue. Moderate length – smooth and just a little bit tight. Drinking well now – may improve over the next 2 to 3 years, but not meant to be laid down. Great value!