You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy a great bottle of Bordeaux and that’s the next best thing.
When shopping for value and quality wines, a great place to look is in our French wine section. Most of our wine consultants will present you with a variety of wines to choose from, but Château Carignan Prima 2012 stands out the most for me. This wine is made in the region of Bordeaux, which is located in the southwestern part of France. To have a better understanding of the label, it helps to know the word ‘Château’ translates to something similar to an impressive country home or castle, and the word ‘Carignan’ is a commune.
Château Carignan is one of Bordeaux’ largest estates; the domain covers an area of 371 acres, 173 of which are vineyards planted on stony hillsides of predominantly clay-limestone soil. They harvest manually for all the old vines and machine harvest the young vines. This winery embraces a sustainable approach to farming and most importantly, no herbicides are ever used in the vineyards of Château Carignan. Occasionally local organic fertilizer, from the château’s own herd of Limousin cows, is used.
The Château Carignan Prima 2012 is made of 100% Merlot; the taste of this wine is delightful, lots of dark chocolate, mineral characters, full body and it expresses depth and chewy tannins. Pair it with meats such as pork or ham. And if you are looking to do a wine and cheese pairing, I suggest you pair it with cheddar and parmesan.
Chateau Carignan Prima 2012 is rated 92/100 by James Suckling and retails for $25.
Edward Vega, Wine & Spirits Specialist – Winter Park