Varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Haut-Médoc, Bordeaux, France
The Haut-Médoc is a great place to find well-made Bordeaux without paying a premium. (There is an ocean of inexpensive Bordeaux in the market, so it's not always easy to find the good ones). This ripe and nuanced wine gives nice flavors of red fruit with just a touch of oaky vanilla that you can tease out on the finish. Pair with prime rib or pot roast.