|This is what I would call a “transparent” wine, in the sense that it seeks to hide nothing. Nor does it try too hard to be anything other than what it is: a refined yet substantial example of the regional Bordeaux style. Its notes of dried cherry and cedar, subtle green herb edge and firm yet restrained tannic background make it the perfect partner for duck confit, another regional favorite from the Gironde. This dish, though somewhat time consuming to make, yields a rustic, flavorful dinner centerpiece, and is best complemented by an unassuming yet complex and slightly savory wine like the Chateau Réal. Get the freshest duck you possibly can, and take the time to find—and follow—a good recipe for the most authentic experience. Who among us wouldn’t want to travel to Bordeaux by way of the kitchen (in February, no less)? Enjoy!
~ Dmitriy, 67Wine Buyer, 02/25/2014