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So, the holidays are over and a lot people are broke from holiday splurging. Welcome to the nasty reality!!!. Plus, if you live in the northern hemisphere, winter is in full swing. And of top of that, the kicker is that you you problably took a few pounds for overindulging during the season. Shoot me already!!!.

First thing that most people do after December is cut on the vino!. I get your point that is not necessary to drink wine everyday and you would want to keep it for the weekend. This is what my wife has been telling me for years but I simply dont listen. If you are foodie and a wine lover, it will be extremely difficult to sacrifice those goodies. So for the cause, it is better to drink and eat less but in good quantity. You will be able to pay your debts and save a bit of money for St-Valentines. Also, drop a few pounds to eat some chocolates

If you like drinking Bordeaux once in a while and do not want to spend an arm and a leg, it is still quite possible. All you have to do is focus on lesser known appellations such as Bordeaux Superiour, or the satellites appellations of the right bank.

The terroir of the satellites is almost identical  to Saint Emilion with its limestone, clay and gravel soils. However, the St. Emilion satellite appellations usually have fresher temperatures than those from St. Emilion and as the region is further away from the Dordogne, it has a different climate as well, requiring later harvesting dates. The various St. Emilion satellite appellations do have many old vines. As a matter of  fact, some of the oldest vines in the various regions are over 100 years old! Merlot is the dominant grape while Cabernet Franc is next in line and other Bordeaux varieties planted in the Right bank  can be found in the vineyards as well with plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot.

The four Saint Emilion satellite appellations are: Lussac St. Emilion, Montagne St. Emilion, Puisseguin St. Emilion and St. Georges St. Emilion. Some of the top Bordeaux value wines come from those appellations. When added together, the satellite appellations of St. Emilion cover a large area close to 5,485 hectares planted with vines.Many of these areas have ancient histories as they were some of the first areas the ancient Romans used to cultivate vines.

The best vintages for the St. Emilion Satellite appellations are: 2015, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2005, 2001 and 2000. Older vintages are ready to be consumed

The coop of Puisseguin and Lussac Saint-Emilion was founded in 1937. It groups 150 vignerons that cultivate 1000 ha of vines in the appellations of Lussac Saint-Emilion and Montagne Saint-Emilion.

The wines from this coop has won numerous prizes,including the contest of best French wines in Miami and their winemaker get on a regular basis distinctions in the Hachette guide for their wines.

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1938 – Depuis Un Esprit D’exception Puisseguin Saint-Émilion 2010. SAQ # 11655601. $26.20

Aromas of black cherry in confit. Wild licorice and spices such as cinnamon, cloves. Blackberry and cassis character with notes of toasted bread, cocoa and strawberry jelly. A pleasant hint of ash. On the mouth, dense and mouthcoating. Abrasive  tannins with a mineral texture in the mid palate. Flavors bring to mind indian spices, dry blood and iron. Oak well integrated. Magnificent wine for the price. Very promising for cellaring. 97/100