Château Laforge consists of a 5.8 hectare vineyard in Saint-Emilion that is planted to 92% Merlot and 8% Cab Franc. The Estate was actually accumulated over time by the local blacksmith with vines appropriated in lieu of unpaid bills. I’ve never heard of such an arrangement, but if one such as that exists in Napa Valley, consider me the newest blacksmith in town.
At twelve years old, the 2006 still shows plenty of grip. Fortunately, it’s not in lieu of flavor nor complexity. Plum, tobacco, and olive meet the savoriness of underbrush, sage, and cedar, with spice box and clove interspersed throughout. - 17 hours ago