Château Haut-Sarthes Bergerac
The red wines of Bergerac, an appellation just to the east of the town of Bergerac, share many of the characteristics of Bordeaux red wines without the lofty prices. This AOC is less than 30 miles from St. Emilion following the same hill on the right side of the Dordogne River where the soil's high iron content contributes to the rich structure, flavor and longevity of the wines. The Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc vineyards of Chateau Haut Sarthes produce grapes that are very similar to that of St. Emilion. Foremost, this is a Merlot dominated wine boasting luscious fruitiness and structure. Its wines are ideal accompaniments to the traditional Perigord cuisine.