Chateau Cap Leon Veyrin stands in isolation at the northern border of the Listrac-Medoc appellation. Situated far inland of the D2 road that runs through the premier regions known for the top-rated and famous estates, Listrac-Medoc is a slightly hilly area — as hilly as it gets in Bordeaux — of forests and vineyards that grow on well-drained layers of gravel soil. The estate dates back to 1810; it was acquired by the Meyre family in 1908. Current owner is Alain Meyre. The vineyard is planted to about 55 percent merlot, 40 percent cabernet sauvignon and 5 percent petit verdot. The unpretentious chateau is available for guests. The estate of 32 hectares — about 79 acres — is classified as Cru Bourgeois. Chateau Cap Leon Veyrin 2015 is a blend of 57 percent merlot, 40 percent cabernet sauvignon and 3 percent petit verdot, aged 12 months in oak, 25 percent new barrels. The color is opaque black-ruby with a lighter purple-tinged rim; aromas of cassis and black cherries are highlighted by notes of cedar, black olive and dried rosemary — with a touch of the latter’s piney astringency — and a heady infusion of violets and plums; dry, sleek and supple on the palate, the wine is animated by vibrant acidity and a keen flint-graphite element that flows through to the spicy, dusty, berry-laden finish. 14 percent alcohol. A wholly accessible example of balance and integration, energy and elegance. Drink now through 2025 to ’28. Excellent. About $22, representing Great Value.

Imported by Baron Francois, New York. A sample for review.