Famille Bouey, Bordeaux (France) “Maison Blanche” 2020

($17, Quintessential Wines):  This is a perfect example of why place matters.  Here is the same blend of Merlot (85%) and Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vintage made by the same producer as Bouey’s Oh La Vache.  The only difference is the location of the grapes.  In this case, they came just from the smaller Bordeaux appellation compared to the broader IGP Atlantique.  Tasted side-by-side, this Bordeaux, though still fruity, is less juicy, showing more earthy notes with a touch more structure.  There is also more going on in the finish.  I would be less likely to chill this one, but I would still serve it with the burgers or steaks coming off the grill.
88 Michael Apstein Aug 30, 2022