My last post of ten days ago was deleted because I thoughtlessly linked the Washington Post Weds. article which raved about it. As a copyrighted article I shouldn't have done this. For those who did not see that the wine was 2000 Sebastiani Cabernet and it lists at $17 which Ben Gilberti raved as a great value. Total has it(present tense) on sale for $11.49 plus gives a 10% case discount which brings it down to just a bit over $10.00. A great price for this wine. Further, if you have one of the $50 off coupons for $300 or more you can bring the actual cost down to $9.79 which is dirt cheap for a wine of this quality!
BUT, the wine I am about to name is even better and the Post hasn't written about it yet. Of course Robert Parker in his December issue of the Wine Advocate essentially called it the bargain of the 2000 vintage so if you're reading this and interested, don't even wait until tomorrow to find it if you want to buy it cheap. Go right now.
2000 Chateau Souverain Cabernet is given 89 points by him. He notes its list price as $20. I believe that Giant, Harris Teeter, etc. all sell it for $21 or $22.
For $22.00 this is a very good wine. Even for $30 or $35 it still is. BUT, for $12.59, this baby is delicious, superb, awesome! Yes, it's BETTER than the 2000 Sebastiani as well as the $18 Chilean joint venture from Lafite mentioned this past Wednesday (another rave from the Post).
Last night some friends and myself opened all three bottles. Decanted all three for 30 minutes or so and then begin to taste. We all agreed: the Chateau Souverain. Smooth, delicious and a fantastic bargain if purchased intelligently.
At Total Beverage for $13.99 on sale right now with a 10% case discount bringing it down to $12.59. The McLean store has three cases left. If you have one of the $50 off coupons and are willing to spend $300 you can buy a case of the Souverain (12 X $13.99 = 167.88) and a case of the Sebastiani (12 X $11.49 = 137.88) which totals $305.76. Minus the $50 coupon and the total price is $255.76 or san average of $10.66 per bottle for wine that sells for either $17 or $22 at Giant, Harris Teeter, etc.
Good luck finding it.
Also, remember this post if you're in a restaurant and checking out their wine list. Chateau Souverain is popular and carried by many restaurants, usually in the $40 to 50 range. At a better restaurant, even at this price, it is worth every penny.
But remember, the 2000.