Pinotage, a hybrid of Pinot Noir and Cinsault created in 1925, is now the dominant grape in South Africa. The variety captures both the hearty qualities of Cinsault and the more delicate characteristics of Pinot Noir. In this example, ripe, fresh blue-black fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry dominate the palate, followed by pliable tannins on the finish. This light- to medium-bodied red would make a wonderful match for duck and other rich poultry dishes.
Wellington, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
Napoleon III demanded a classification of Bordeuax's best wines, which was completed in 1855, and was based solely on market prices for the wines at the time. The rankings have remained unchanged except for Château Mouton, which more than a century later successfully lobbied to be promoted from Second Growth to First Growth.