The 2012 Chateau Grand Renom Bordeaux Rouge blend follows in the tradition of the wines made along the “right bank” of the Dordogne River in that it’s a Merlot dominant (70% in this case) blend. The Chateau Grand Renom was built in the 18th century and the winery was later established in 1861 on forty hectares of limestone and clay soils.
The wine is produced to highlight what the “right bank” does right. Merlot is at its best when it’s showing it full fruit character, thanks to cement vats, still tanks and minimal to moderate oak, the Chateau Grand Renom does just that. The restrained used of neutral oak allows the fruit to shine, expect aromas of dusty raspberry, stone and violets. The palate is lithe, particularly for this price point and highlights fresh red fruits, along with stony minerality. Plenty of structure for the price with soft tannins and great acidity.
Pairing Picks: This is an elegant red wine and while it’ll pair perfectly with steaks and grilled pork loin, it’s wonderful alongside grilled chicken thighs and pan seared tuna.