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Rogue One & Bordeaux Margaux

Which "Star Wars" movies you like has become so fraught these days that you can genuinely tell a lot about a person by which camp they've chosen for themselves. The fanbase has descended into tribalism - it's goddamn anarchy!

Well, allow me to wade into the fray. I know it's heresy to like any Star Wars movie better than the original trilogy... but I did. I'm as surprised as anyone. And don't get me wrong, "Empire Strikes Back," you'll always have a special place in my heart. That said, please move over for "Rogue One." "Rogue One" was the Han Solo movie that we should have gotten, about a group of scoundrels who finally put themselves on the line to save the day. ("Solo" wasn't bad. Unfortunately, it wasn't good either.)

As such, "Rogue One" is a perfect candidate for a bold and complex red wine. Bordeaux blends, which typically include a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and maybe some Perdit Verdot, are a great choice. I like Château Prieuré Lichine Margaux.

The Movie

For those not familiar, "Rogue One" is directed by Gareth Edwards and set between the events of Episodes III and IV, yet nobody calls it Episode 3.5. Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) is the daughter of Galen Erso (Mads Mikkelsen), a reluctant Imperial scientist and chief engineer of the Death Star. The Rebel Alliance recruits Jyn to lead a daring mission to steal the Death Star's schematics, which could be pivotal to defeating the Empire. Jyn assembles a motley crew, including a morally conflicted pilot Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and a wise-cracking droid K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk). Together, they embark on a dangerous and desperate quest to save the galaxy.

Also, Chirrut Îmwe (Donnie Yen) and Baze Malbus (Wen Jiang) were totally Star Wars' second gay couple (R2D2 and C3P0 were the first). If you don't believe me, watch "Rogue One" again and really pay attention to how Chirrut and Baze interact with each other. The number of clues is staggering, there is no other way to read that relationship.

The Wine

Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux is a distinguished red wine from the prestigious Margaux appellation in the Bordeaux region of France. Renowned for its production of elegant, sophisticated red wines, the Margaux appellation is home to Chateau Prieure-Lichine, which has a rich history. The place has been around since the 12th century, started by actual monks. Really.

On the nose, the Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux has an alluring bouquet of ripe blackcurrant, black cherry, and plum, interlaced with delicate notes of violet, cedar, and graphite. Be sure to pay attention to the earthy undertones, tobacco, and a touch of spice, leading to a long, graceful finish.

Why They Pair Well

All of the heroes dive in headfirst into a suicide mission with very little support at their backs. They deserve a bold wine, because that's what they are. Also, the Chateau Prieure-Lichine Margaux's dark berry flavor is as somber as their fates. Finally, their wine gets a long finish because the heroes made a lasting impact on the galaxy, even after they were gone.

What wine would you pair with Rogue One?

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