Château Haut-Maurac (Médoc 2012)
Special Father’s Day Price: $275/12 bottles in wooden crate (~$23/bottle)
Dads like barbecues. Dads like fishing (or at least the idea of fishing). Dads like agreeing with things in theory, inappropriate humor, and free t-shirts.
Dads love Bordeaux. Especially Bordeaux in fancy wooden crates.
Château Haut-Maurac, located on the left bank of the Gironde estuary, in the municipality of Saint-Yzans-de-Médoc, produces Médoc appellation wines. It’s a project owned and led by Olivier Decelle, who’s perhaps best known for rebuilding Mas Amiel, one of the leading and most respected wineries in the Roussillon, and also for bringing Château Jean Faure (neighbor to Château Cheval Blanc in Saint-Émilion) back to prominence. Because of the quality of production under Olivier Decelle, Château Jean Faure’s Grand Cru Classé status was recently restored.
So it comes as no surprise that Olivier Decelle is taking great lengths to ensure this Cru Bourgeois is of the highest quality. Aspects of organic and biodynamic cultivation are used alongside the more conventional lutte raisonée (reasoned fight), all with the aim of producing the best fruit possible given the challenges of the growing year.
From 60 acres of 35 year old vines on gravel and clay soils, 2012 Château Haut-Maurac is a blend of 60% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Malbec. Aging takes place for 18 months, 20% in vats, 80% in oak barrels (25% new). The result is a wine that clearly expresses its place with aromas of graphite, blackberry, and autumn hikes in the forest. A sip is generous with fruit yet balanced by a long and chewy finish.
A full case of Bordeaux for Father’s Day is the gift that keeps on giving. He can open a bottle or two this summer with burgers off the grill. He can open several bottles this autumn to pair with his disappointment of the Detroit Football Lions. He can uncork a bottle in winter while he settles into a leather chair next to a crackling fire to read an Ernest Hemingway novel. And when the wine is all gone, he can use the fancy wooden crate to store his favorite power tools. This is a gift way better than any necktie.