Fifth-generation winemaker JP Borderie is as proud of his acclaimed wines as he is of his family's heritage. During the German occupation of World War II, the Borderie family provided a home and food to displaced local villagers – they were also one of the few estates that continued producing wine during those difficult years. It's certainly happier times now – and the Borderie family is enjoying much-deserved success with their latest release: this gold-medal-winning gem from glorious 2009 ("unquestionably the greatest vintage I have ever tasted," says Robert Parker). Classified as a Bordeaux Supérieur – meaning the wines must come from older vines and select plots — Château Les Combes is a classic blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. All of the fruit comes from 30+ year old vines grown on the family's estate, just north of famed Saint-Émilion. In the glass, this hugely acclaimed gem (gold at the 2011 Concours de Bordeaux) displays excellent structure with a generous palate of velvety black fruit and a delicate, well-balanced finish.