First, use a good large glass. This almost jet black Left Bank Bordeaux needs room to stretch out. Complex, exotic aromas unfurl gradually, and then erupt from the glass, with sun warmed wild blackberries, ripe cassis, dark cocoa, and eucalyptus moving in and out of the foreground, adding balsam fir, shaved dark chocolate, cracked black pepper, and freshly sanded cedar, as the nose evolves in the glass.
On entry, the wine is concentrated, structured, and palate coating, with a solid core of wild blackberries, licorice, and sweet black currants that echoes the nose – the Petit Verdot showing through with its muscular raciness, and the flavors are wrapped in plush, luxuriant, fine grained tannins.
Drink now, for its incredible primary black fruit, or lay away in a cool dark cellar for at least a decade.
About this wine producer: The estate lies in Listrac, the smallest of the six villages in the Médoc that give their names to their wines, which include St. Estèphe, Pauillac, St. Julien, Moulis, and Margaux. Of special interest is that more than 15% of the vineyard at Château Reverdi is planted to Petit Verdot, the rare, thick skinned, low pH variety, which, when fully ripened contributes racy aromatic complexity, freshness, and longevity, and is especially admired for the role it plays in some of the greatest wines of Margaux. No doubt Château Reverdi would be better known if the wine were sold on the Place de Bordeaux, but Mathieu and Audrey Thomas, who took charge of the family estate in 2002, have seen how the lives of their friends in Burgundy, Alsace, and the Loire are enriched by their friendships with their customers. As Audrey told me when I tasted four vintages with her in Listrac, “At Château Reverdi, we like to know who is drinking our wine.”