2009 Bordeaux Supérieur Rouge, Cuvée Prestige

Grape (s): Bordeaux red blend; dominated by Merlot & Cabernet Sauvignon

Producer: Chateau de Piote

Oh the pressure to pick a good wine! Today, I just wasn't up for it. But considering the repeats of mediocre booze I've gulped between the hours of 5 and 6 pm - when it's less about the label and more about time with friends - I figured I couldn't go wrong with a reliable red for an overdue lunchtime catch-up. I requested a classic red Bordeaux and let the owner of one of my favorite Parisian wine spots surprise me. We sipped, "how's it going?", we sipped, "why is it so hard to find a good travel pillow?", we sipped, "what are you doing this weekend?", we sipped and she said, "this is a pretty good wine", we sipped, then I said,"can you believe it's going to be 90 degrees next week!?" and we continued until our plates and glasses were empty. Tranquil tannins slipped perfectly between bites with an agreeable profile of cooked black fruit, black cherry, blended brown spices, sage, slight eucalyptus and fresh turned earth. Blending in is not usually a compliment but this wine was a lovely sentiment that paired well with the food and the moment.

Pairing: For us, this suited nicely with Pomme Aligot, Porc Roti and a mixed selection of soft and blue cheeses.