2017 Chateau Picard Saint-Estephe
2017 Chateau Picard Saint-Estephe, Red wine from Saint-Estèphe, France
Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot wines are made from two of the world’s most famous and most widely grown wine grapes. The pair form the foundation of many of the great wines of Bordeaux, where this classic blend (often dubbed “Bordeaux Blend“) is thought to have originated. For centuries, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot have been the quintessential Bordeaux wine grapes, but their fame and popularity have now taken them far beyond the banks of the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, to the furthest reaches of the wine world.
Saint-Estèphe wines are powerful, concentrated and rich, with sometimes austere, gritty tannins in their youth, and hallmark notes of cassis, tobacco, cigar box and crushed stone.These full-bodied blends can age extremely well.
Saint-Estèphe is situated in the northern end of Bordeaux’s Haut-Médoc, with grapes grown on gravel soils atop a clay base. The soils here have poor drainage, which delays ripening, and often results in wines with higher acidity than those from further south in the Médoc.
Ever since The Next Generation introduced the fact that Picard’s family owned a winery in France called Château Picard, wine buffs and Trekkies alike have wanted to get their hands on and corkscrews into some vintage French red from the future. In real life, there is a winery called Château Picard in Saint-Estèphe, France. In Trek lore, despite having an English accent, Picard was born in Labarrère, France which is about two hours away from Saint-Estèphe, but surely quicker if you’re beaming. But where you can you get the wine if you live in America? And is it the same wine — or close to the same wine — that Picard has in the new show? The answer is: you can get the wine, but it’s different. Château Picard puts out what is called a Saint-Estèphe. (most big French wines are named for the places they are made, hence real Champagne is from Champagne, France.) I