There are a couple of really good value wines in this release that if you have the time and patience to cellar them you will be rewarded with an outstanding wine at a very reasonable price.
Chateau Haut-Monplaisir Prestige Malbec 2011
#462374 Score 93 $24.95
This is a powerhouse of a wine, best paired with hearty meats. Roger Voss of Wine Enthusiast calls it an ‘impressively restrained wine’ but suggests that the tannins will soften with a couple of years of cellaring. You could drink it now but all reviews point to a finer wine experience after a bit of cellaring.
What makes this interesting is that Malbec has become so associated with Argentina but it has been cultivated in France since the Gallo-Roman times and is the signature grape of Cahors appellation, also know as “Cot Noir” or “Auxerrois”. It would be interesting to taste this (eventually) beside an Argentinian Malbec to compare French vs Argentina wine styles.
Wakefield Jaraman Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
#142398 Score 94 $24.95
Tasting notes and scoring by James Halliday winecompanion.com.au. Other reviews have it in the same 90s range. Consensus on rich wine, notes of mint and menthol, black fruits, some herbal notes of black olive, bay leaf, cedar and spice. Cellaring recommendations on this are 5-10 years with more reviewers leaning toward the 10 year mark. At this price this would be a fantastic choice to buy a few and taste them at the 5 year mark and later.
Quinta da Rede Reserva 2012
#431742 Score 93 $17.95
This is recognized as good value although it is on the high end of Douro wine price averages. It was aged in French oak and is showing dark tannins and firm texture. Tasting notes highlight black cherry, cedar, plum and pepper. Recommended to cellar until 2018 +.