The classic elegance of the Chateau
Biston Brillette label
Shimmery, garnet robe and dark berry fruit that is perfectly balanced with its tannins, this wine is real Bordeaux class. Chateau Biston Brillette is on my Top Ten list of my favorite Petits Chateaux, and I’ve sampled hundreds.
Biston Brillette is a Moulis wine. This very high-value-to-price commune lies between Margaux and St Julien. In fact if this same wine was from St Julien or Margaux it would cost + 50% more. That is why finding very well made wines from neighboring communes to the famous Medoc appellations can be the insiders source for the best values in Bordeaux.
I love going on a quest for over-achieving, under-priced Bordeaux. I’ve been doing it for 25 years now and Chateau Biston Brillette was one of my first discoveries. I first got interested in Biston Brillette when I started seeing it on many restaurant wine lists in the Medoc & Bordeaux.
This is significant because these are the restaurants that all the Chateau owners and winemakers go to and a bad wine is not going to stay on the list for long. Over the years, vintage after vintage of Biston Brillette has remained on those wine lists. And, it is no surprise to me.
Wine Spectator gives the 2006 vintage in Left Bank Bordeaux an “outstanding” 90-Point rating. This is not a vintage to miss.
The cepage for Biston Brillette is about 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Merlot. Well-made wines like Biston Brillette tend to have the finesse of Margaux and the power of St. Julien. Serge Barbarin, the owner, uses about 30% new oak and integrates the wood so skillfully that the wine tastes like a pedigreed classified growth.
Wine Spectator had a few nice things to say about the 2006 Biston Brillette as well. “A medium-bodied wine, with soft, silky tannins and a plum and raspberry aftertaste. Offers finesse and balance. Best after 2010…” -JS, Wine Spectator
Biston Brillette has it all: ripe fruit, seductive nose, full-bodied goodness and a GREAT price. Put Biston Brillette on your trivet tonight! Cynthia Hurley