Lussac is one of the so-called satellites of Saint-Emilion (villages that attach the magic Saint-Emilion name to their own). But it does have many attractive wines that emulate Saint-Emilion in every way except the high price. This wine, a blend of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc, with a combination of dry austere blackcurrant fruit and sweet tannins, has that evocative cigar box, tobacco flavor that marks out a good Saint-Emilion. It finishes dry, tannic and demanding either decanting or a few years' aging, but also ready to drink with food this holiday season.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.