Kent’s Pick: 2014 Chateau Fort-Lignac Haut-Medoc, $20.00

Very simply put, I really enjoyed this wine—it’s a great value from a very good Bordeaux vintage. The chateau itself has impressive lineage and is actually owned by Jean-Eugene Borie, who is the owner of famed 2nd Growth Chateau Ducru Beaucaillou. The 10 hectare (just under 25 acres) estate is in the Haut-Medoc, which is located on the Left Bank of the Gironde estuary. The majority of wines from Left Bank producers are typically Cabernet Sauvignon dominant, and this wine is no exception, comprised of 70 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 25 percent Merlot, and 5 percent Petit Verdot. I would recommend an hour or so decant on this wine, as I drank it over two days, and felt it showed better on the second day. The nose was exactly what I would expect from Left Bank Bordeaux, showing cassis, earth, and cedar. On the palate the wine offers more cassis, dusty cherries, plum, earth, cedar and a touch of vanilla. This medium-bodied wine checks in at 13.5 percent alcohol by volume, and is well-balanced with finely grained tannins. Try this wine with a nice steak; you won’t be disappointed!