Christophe Blanc is the dynamic, young (late 30s) owner and winemaker behind Domaine de Montpezat. This southern French estate is southwest of Montpellier and close to the Mediterranean coast. Christophe Blanc harvests late in the season around mid-October, three to four weeks later that most other producers in the region. For the Prestige Cuvee, he blended Cabernet with Syrah. The wine was aged for approximately a year in a high proportion of new oak, contributing intense, smoky, toasty notes to...