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Château Pagnac Saint-Émilion 2018

Good news for fans of French Bordeaux wines. The 2018 vintage of Saint Emilion wines are turning out to be fantastic!


Good news for fans of French Bordeaux wines. The 2018 vintage of Saint Emilion wines are turning out to be fantastic! They are quite concentrated and deeply colored, with a beautiful texture and robust flavor, well-balanced and fresh. Wine expert James Suckling called Bordeaux 2018 “a vintage of superlatives.”  

A good (and inexpensive) example is Château Pagnac Saint-Émilion 2018, which is a downright steal with a MSRP of $19.99. Compared to some of the bigger, bolder 2018 Bordeaux wines, Château Pagnac has more subtle and subdued tannins, helping to make it a wine you can enjoy right now. There are enough tannins to balance out the dark fruit flavors of black cherry and juicy plum to make this an easy drinking red wine. There’s also some spice and chocolate on the palate. Pair this wine with roasted or barbecued chicken, beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs, a juicy steak or lamb chops, pizza, burgers, and much more.  

Owner/Winegrower Jean Pagnac’s bodacious Bordeaux is a blend of Merlot (90%) and Cabernet Franc (10%) grown in limestone clay and siliceous silty soils, aged in cement tanks – a very good introduction to Saint-Émilion wines at a price that’s hard to beat. 



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Food writer Ted SchefflerOriginally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.

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