Looking for a wine to pair with a slow-cooked roast? Why not choose a Bordeaux? The 2008 Château de Camparian Pessac-Léognan comes from the northern part Graves, the wine-growing region of Bordeaux classified in 1953. Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) Pessac-Léognan is a relatively new sub-region (1987) and is recognized for both its red and white wines. Pessac-Léognan also includes the only red-wine producer outside the Haut-Médoc which was classified in the Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, the premier cru Château Haut-Brion.
Property of the Ballande family for about 200 years, Château de Camparian is one of the last château to be still located in the commune of Villenave d’Ornon. A blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Cabernet Franc, the 2008 millésime (or vintage) is showing beautifully. Dusty elegance with a bit of spice, subtle tannins, toasty oak and dark berry flavors. 13.5% ABV. Prices on this wine have fluctuated anywhere between 8,66 EUR to $36 USD. I picked this one up from Last Bottle last Christmas for around $19 each.