On Sunday, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin, who is worth about $300 million, brought a $20 French red wine to Jared Kushner’s house. The Daily Mail snapped a photo of Kushner greeting Mnuchin at the door with a hug and smiling as Mnuchin handed him the bottle. And of course there has been chatter on the Internets ever since.
The wine getting all the attention is the Arbalest 2015 Bordeaux Blend, a merlot-heavy blend made by winemaker Benoit Touquette. Touquette has consulted for many Napa wineries, including Screaming Eagle and Ovid, and actually makes wine in the Napa Valley for Realm Cellars, Hartwell and Kata. But this one is a product of France, which is why the price is reasonable.
So if you were hoping for a snarky post on how cheap Mnuchin is…sorry. The guy actually may know a thing or two about French wine. Experts are saying that 2015 is the best vintage in Bordeaux since 2009. So if you can get your hands on a bottle of this deep, fruit-forward and lush gem, lay it down. It should age nicely.
And, if you’re curious: An arbalest is a late version of the crossbow used in Europe during the 12th Century.
That wine millionaire Mnuchin brought Jared Kushner has a Napa connection