In October’s wine column, Eric Asimov of the New York Times stumbled upon one of our well kept secrets – definitely letting the cat out of the bag – when he added today’s wine into his 20 under $20 column. Throw in the gold medal and a 95-point score in Decanter’s Wine Awards.. and this bottle is not easy to get your hands on!
If you don’t remember the story, just as Bordeaux was riding a hot streak of vintages in the late 80s, Herve Fabre had other plans and set off for Argentina. Unlike the bevy of projects that started vineyards from scratch to cash in on the increasing popularity of large production malbec, Herve starting snatching up small ancient parcels in his attempt to create wines that compete with the top wines of Bordeaux.
Although, Fabre Montmayou has been named Argentinian Producer of the year by the IWC several times at this point – their most recent releases have set a new bar for the region.
Don’t let the price tag fool you. The 2019 Fabre-Montmayou Cabernet Franc is a gorgeous & serious wine that should be enjoyed like a Saturday nighter. Dark color and full throttle as you might expect out of the gate, giving way to pure fruit and a touch of that Cheval Blanc type jalapeno that so intrigues lovers of world class Cab Franc.
95 Points, Decanter Magazine
Ripe nose with fresh red fruits and lively notes of green vegetables and capsicum. Quite solid palate with pleasant fruit and juiciness, peppery and spicy.