The Chateau Falfas Les Demoiselles de Falfas 2020 is made on the right bank of the Gironde river in Bordeaux’s Cotes de Bourg. Grown atop ruins from the Hundred Years’ War are Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Veronique Cochran started making wine here in the 1980’s and began converting the whole program over to biodynamics. Her father, Francois Bouchet, was a biodynamic pioneer in Saumur and actually wrote a book on how to apply biodynamic practices to the vineyard. The dedication to good husbandry and sustainability is no surprise then, and Falfas is a beacon of goodness in Bourg. Lastly, the wines are very good, earthy and raw, a fine representation of their storied land. And always at a wonderful price. The value here is off the charts, you won’t find Bordeaux of this quality at a better price.
Tasting Note: The Les Demoiselles de Falfas is the chateau’s early drinking wine and is a flavorful blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. The aromas and flavors are youthful and dry; a dryness to be appreciated because it points out how sweet most other wines are. Taste this next to a “dry” Monastrell from Spain and the Spanish juice will seem like Welch’s Grape. Flavors of strawberries, dried cherries, plums, wet potting soil, black licorice and cheese rind. The body is full and the tannins are dusty and expressive; you won’t miss them. Outstanding quality and paired wonderfully with the sourdough crust goat cheese pizza we had for dinner.