We haven't talked about wine a lot on this board but occasionally a real value comes along. This time, having just purchased four cases, I thought I'd pass it along.
The current issue of the Wine Spectator rates the '99 Chateau Souverain Merlot a 92. That is an excellent score. When you consider that Calvert Woodley had it on sale early last week for $13.99 that is THE bargain of the year. Paul's has it for $15.99 right now.
In a few months it will probably get around to Safeway, Giant, etc. replacing the decent '98 that is on their shelves. When it does it'll be going for full pop at about $18 or 19. It's still more than worth it at that price. This is an excellent, smooth, fairly intense wine that would not be a disappointment if you spent $30 or 35 for a bottle. But on sale for $13.99, well, if you like wine look for it.
Don't be afraid to buy by the case either. Most stores give a 10% case discount. If you combine this with a sale price of the current $14.99 at Total you can bring the average bottle down to $13.50. Total does not have the '99 yet only the '98. But they will soon.
This is, maybe, the best wine bargain I've seen in the last two years or so. But remember. It's the '99.