Château Benoit Arbalest Red Bordeaux Blend 2015

Ratings on Delectable

Joe Lucca Delectable Pro

Benoit Touquette’s simple Bordeaux blend. There’s a lot of value here, considering you’re getting the winemaker from Realm. Juicy black cherry fruit along with classic garrigue, mineral, tobacco, and spice notes. Nice tannic structure to offset the fruit.

Benoit Touquette’s simple Bordeaux blend. There’s a lot of value here, considering you’re getting the winemaker from Realm. Juicy black cherry fruit along with classic garrigue, mineral, tobacco, and spice notes. Nice tannic structure to offset the fruit.

9.1

Isaac Pirolo Delectable Pro

Curiosity got the best of me. Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner bro’d out over a bottle of this 2015 Arbalest on Sunday. Apparently it’s newsworthy when a wealthy politician brings a ‘cheap’ ($22) bottle of wine to a bro out. I wonder what price gets the ‘politician drinks expensive bottle’ story (see Paul Ryan at Bistro Bis in 2011). No matter, it’s brilliant product placement — I’m surprised Trump didn’t tweet about it... “Did everyone see Poor Stevie’s wine? So Sad. My 2015 Meritage is So Much Better.” The wine is made by Benoit Touquette. Here’s his background courtesy of critic Jeb Dunnuck, “Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, and Kata, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main.” Who wouldn’t want to try a $22 bottle of wine from a winemaker with that kind of resume?? Dunnuck also scored the wine 91 points, calling it “Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's well worth your time and money and is a smoking deal at 20 bucks.” The blend is 82% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. It needed about an hour to fully open up... one of my fellow tasters called it soapy... which I think was because of its noticeable herbaceousness. Focused black cherry, pipe tobacco, clove. Juicy, but dry, with lots of grip. I’m not doing backflips over it, but you could do much worse at $22. 90+

Curiosity got the best of me. Steve Mnuchin and Jared Kushner bro’d out over a bottle of this 2015 Arbalest on Sunday. Apparently it’s newsworthy when a wealthy politician brings a ‘cheap’ ($22) bottle of wine to a bro out. I wonder what price gets the ‘politician drinks expensive bottle’ story (see Paul Ryan at Bistro Bis in 2011). No matter, it’s brilliant product placement — I’m surprised Trump didn’t tweet about it... “Did everyone see Poor Stevie’s wine? So Sad. My 2015 Meritage is So Much Better.” The wine is made by Benoit Touquette. Here’s his background courtesy of critic Jeb Dunnuck, “Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, Hartwell, and Kata, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main.” Who wouldn’t want to try a $22 bottle of wine from a winemaker with that kind of resume?? Dunnuck also scored the wine 91 points, calling it “Full-bodied, ripe and rounded, with a sexy, opulent style, lots of mid-palate depth, and a great finish, it's well worth your time and money and is a smoking deal at 20 bucks.” The blend is 82% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot. It needed about an hour to fully open up... one of my fellow tasters called it soapy... which I think was because of its noticeable herbaceousness. Focused black cherry, pipe tobacco, clove. Juicy, but dry, with lots of grip. I’m not doing backflips over it, but you could do much worse at $22. 90+

9.0

MaJ CappS Delectable Pro

Dark bitter cocoa, mixed with dried berry. This whole wine wraps up into something one would buy from a gourmet shop, and eat while watching an art house film. Worth a tipple.

Dark bitter cocoa, mixed with dried berry. This whole wine wraps up into something one would buy from a gourmet shop, and eat while watching an art house film. Worth a tipple.

8.8

Sheila G.

Was looking forward to trying. It disappointed. Too bitter and dry. Relief with some hint of strawberry

Was looking forward to trying. It disappointed. Too bitter and dry. Relief with some hint of strawberry

8.6

Shivu Sharma

Easy drinking Bordeaux with rich red fruit and slight woody and herbaceous quality. Stood up well to a fatty dinner but also with dark chocolate.

Easy drinking Bordeaux with rich red fruit and slight woody and herbaceous quality. Stood up well to a fatty dinner but also with dark chocolate.

9.0

Henry Fuseler

5/2020. Nice Bordeaux. Bold and full of flavor. Nice on the palate.

5/2020. Nice Bordeaux. Bold and full of flavor. Nice on the palate.

9.0

Doug McKelvey

Kathy says yummy. Very smooth

Kathy says yummy. Very smooth

10

Yaron

Beautiful ❤️ wine with surprising dominant after taste resembling

Beautiful ❤️ wine with surprising dominant after taste resembling

9.4

Andrew Olsen

Dark purple color, lots of juice. A really pleasing blend and a great price point. This is a great everyday wine!

Dark purple color, lots of juice. A really pleasing blend and a great price point. This is a great everyday wine!

9.0

Lucy Osgood

Ok,ok... I may be just anticipating the next episode of GoT...

Ok,ok... I may be just anticipating the next episode of GoT...

8.9

Location

  • 300 Massachusetts Ave NE
    Washington D.C., DC 20002

  • Hours:
    Monday - Saturday
    10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Sunday
    11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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