Château Tour Bayard, Montagne-Saint-Émillion (Bordeaux, France) 2019

($24, Vintus):  Consumers often overlook Bordeaux because of an image that the wines are rarified, expensive, and need considerable aging.  That criticism may apply to the top few properties, but trust me, there are scores of estates that make well-priced wines that are ready to drink now, like this one.  This succulent red comes from a Saint-Émillion “satellite” appellation, Montagne-Saint-Émillion, that borders the more famous locale.  Like other right bank wines, the Château Tour Bayard is a Merlot-dominate (80 percent) and Cabernet Sauvignon, which helps explain its fleshy dark-fruited profile.  Mild tannins lend needed structure without astringency and make it a joy to drink tonight.
90 Michael Apstein Oct 17, 2023