The chateaus of Bordeaux produce red wines from the blending of five grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The selection of grapes for the blend depends on the terroir and micro climate for each chateau. In actuality over 90% of Bordeaux wines are red wines made with Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, both of which originated there. The red Bordeaux Blend is one of the most emulated around the world and in California is presented as what we call “hermitage”. The proportion of the grapes in the blend varies little with each producer in order to maintain the “house style”. The white wines are typically a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The great Chateaus have priced their wines in the stratosphere where Petrus prices start just under $3000.00. Most others can be had for under $1000.00. Then there are the Petite Chateau wines such as we drink with prices that reflect reality.
2016 Chateau Fage Graves de Vayres White
List price 15.00; Our price 11.99
This white wine has a bouquet that is nuanced between citrus fruit coming from its Sauvignon Blanc and with an expressive style often described as “figginess” from its Sémillon. It is very well balanced on the palate offering freshness and fruitiness, in a refreshingly crisp style. The blend is Sémillon 60% and Sauvignon 40%.
2015 Chateau des Landes Lussac Saint-Emilion
List price 20.00; Our price 15.99
91-point rating from Wine Enthusiast: “Ripe and structured, this wood-aged wine is still developing. It has a dark structure, dense blackberry fruit and powerful concentration. A peppery touch of alcohol gives it a bitter finish, which should dissipate as it ages. It is a blend of 80% Merlot, 15% Cab Sauv and 5% Cabernet Franc.
2015 Chateau Fleur D’eymerits Lalande de Pomerol
List price 24.00; Our price 22.95
Merlot grows exceptionally well in the clay dominant gravel-based soils of this fertile area. Much of the vineyard has 50 year old vines. This wine is 100% Merlot and displays an elegant complexity with soft tannins that will pair well wth beef, lamb, game (deer, venison) and poultry.
2014 Chateau Saint Ahon Haut Medoc
List price 29.00; Our price 25.99
Château Saint Ahon is in the middle of Bordeaux’s fabled Médoc peninsula. The sandy soils here are highly suitable for Cabernet Sauvignon. This oak-aged, blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot from a strong “left-bank” vintage is a big winner. The nose delivers on aromas of jammed fruit that is soft on the palate. This vintage is characterized by its balance and accordingly with this wine too. You can pair this wine alongside red meat, white meat and cheese (especially hard cheese).
2014 Chateau Les Cadrands de Lassegue Saint-Emilion
List price 35.00; Our price 29.99
The spices on the nose of this beautiful wine proceed to the palate with nutmeg and white pepper flavors. It is a well balanced wine that develops a good length on the palate and a mineral finish. The fine and persistent tannins along with the finesse of this vintage translate to age worthiness of 5 to 10 years. The blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It received a 90-point rating from Wine & Spirits Magazine.
2001 Chateau de Rayne Vigneau Sauternes 1er Cru
List price 48.00; Our price 39.99
91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. We are nearly out of this fine Sauternes but thought it would be interesting to finish with a dessert wine and to see how the wine has developed before it is all gone.
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