Château de Francs "Les Cerisiers" 2016, Côtes de Bordeaux, France

Château de Francs is one of the oldest properties in the Bordeaux region, with a history that dates back almost 2,000 years. At the time of its birth, until it became a vineyard, the estate was used as a military fortress. The modern era for Château de Francs begins in 1985, when Hubert de Bouard of Château Angelus in St. Emilion, along with Dominique Hebrard purchased the property. The 40 hectare vineyard of Château de Francs is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon for the red wine. Les Cerisiers is aged in 50% new, French oak barrels for between 12 to 14 months. The blend is usually 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium-bodied, smoky, floral, fresh and spicy, the red fruits display a nice mineral essence on the palate. The wine is forward, easy to drink and just about ready to go.