B & G Merlot 2006 Private Selection – Wine Review

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If there’s one thing that’s better than a good quality low-priced wine, it’s the same on clearance.

Barton & Guestier, B&G, have been around on supermarket shelves and other outlets for a long time.  In fact they’ve been around for an even longer time, being one of the oldest French wine merchants in the Bordeaux area.  Since 1725, in fact.

To have survived almost 300 years, one would thing they have something going for them.  It’s been my experience over the years that what they have going is some good inexpensive wine.  This Merlot from 2006 is no exception.

While labeled Vin De Pays d’Oc (from the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France), which is one of the lower French wine classifications, this wine is a cut above the ordinary.  Perhaps being able to hide for 5 years before finding its way to the clearance basket helped raise this wine above many others.  After all, a few years aging generally helps any red wine. Not having the WABAC (wayback) machine available to go back to 2008 and take a taste of the younger wine, we’ll never know for sure if time is the secret of this wine.

And I did mention clearance.  B&G Merlots generally sell for around $8 and above.  As the picture below clearly attests, this bottle was marked down to $4.99 when it called out my name at a local supermarket.  With some gentle dusting, I had a very good wine at a very good price. Perhaps you’ll be fortunate enough to find yourself in a similar circumstance.

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