A Cellar-Worthy Bordeaux

Fun fact: Château Aney has been classified as Cru Bourgeois two separate times. It was built in 1850, when it first earned Cru Bourgeois status, but it fell into disrepair by the mid-twentieth century. In 1972, Jean and Jean-Pierre Raimond bought and rehabilitated the property, earning Cru Bourgeois status a second time. So, there is definitely something special about this location (although credit is, of course, due to the producers as well).

The wine is a blend of 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. It is wonderfully earthy with bright notes of sage and cassis and a hint of pencil shavings. The tannins are chewy but the wine is still very approachable now (although it would also be suited to longer aging). At this price, you should definitely give it a try! – Nora G.-R.