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James Suckling Score: 91
Looking for a delicious, crowd-pleasing Bordeaux at a rockin' price? We were too and found it in the 2018 Chateau Petit Freylon Cuvee Leah. We love the lush, fruit-forward nature and seamless texture of this wine. Bordeaux loving critic James Suckling concurs and gave this wine a score of 91 Points noting the wine's berry, chocolate and hazelnut character.

The adage about a rising tide lifting all ships is one we've used quite often over the years when talking about a great vintage affecting all the wines from that region. In this case, a solid, everyday Bordeaux Supérieur becomes a delicious bang-for-the-buck poster child showcasing the 2018 season and how good it was (is!).

Cuvée Leah is 100% Merlot and highlights how important and vital this grape is to the wine world. Whether in a meritage or flying solo, Merlot is one of the most expressive varietals when done right. Case in point: this wine! The nose on Leah is sublime: bright, beautiful fruit loaded with scents of ripe cherries and mixed black and blue berries; there's a touch of earth and French vanilla, light spice, background florals and incense adding support. But it's the fruit that's the star.

The palate continues the fruit-filled theme-- black cherries and raspberries are in the foreground as light tannins and acidity keep the wine from being cloying. Structure and balance! The berries meld with flavors of vanilla and a touch of garrique culminating in a long finish. This is a fantastic winter wine and I was craving a petit filet to go with this Petit-Freylon when tasting! Don't listen to the haters. Merlot is magic. I also wanted some fennel sausage pizza or a smashburger or brats. With this wine. I'll drink 'effing' Merlot when it's this good.

Château Petit-Freylon is located in the small Aquitaine village of Saint-Genis-du-Bois, a tiny village boasting less than 100 inhabitants. The estate belonged to the Lagrange family for generations until 2011, when it was purchased by La Société PESA. Since that time, the new owners have invested heavily in the château's vineyards and wine-making facilities. This attention to detail is apparent and the results can be tasted in the glass.

This is a great wine to stock up on. It's drinking well now and will deliver pleasure over the next 5-10 years. Enjoy!

JAMES SUCKLING 91 POINTS - "A juicy, pure merlot with berry, chocolate and hazelnut character. Medium to full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Needs time to open and soften. Try after 2022."
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