Monday, November 17, 2014

#BordeauxLife-BORDEAUX WINES- Bordeaux Under One Roof Part 1

Industria Studios, NYC

For many wine drinkers-casual and collector types…the Bordeaux region of France pours out the prestigious (pricey)super stars in red wines---name dropping labels (including the stellar five first growths): Château Lafite-Rothschild, Château MargauxChâteau Latour, and Château Mouton Rothschild, serious and expensive cellar-worthy Pomerol wines -  Château Pétrus and Château Le Pin---Premier Grand Cru Classé A ('s) Château Ausone and Château Cheval Blanc---and newer members Château Angélus and Château Pavie

Worshipped harvest years of 'yore-1961, 1982 and 1989 are spoken with reverence---as is the sweet white superior first growth Château d'Yquem-pure delight with each sip, imo.

Want to impress with a holiday gift---any of the the aforementioned will do quite nicely-wrapped with a bow, or not.

BUT-a a recent Bordeaux wine tasting in NYC-featured delectable wines from Bordeaux's regional vineyards located on the Left and Right banks….without the hefty price tags.

 The 411 on the vast offerings from that terroir driven region-including- new to us- dry white wines and sophisticated Rosés- plus many Merlot dominated reds-re-arranged our thinking on those wine styles.

Truly a revelation ---to drink now or keep around for a few…for holiday gifts or gatherings of wine drinking humans---provided for without needing a Kicktarter campaign to fund-

SOME HIGHLIGHTS: (yes, we tasted all pictured…)

Château Les Deux Rives, 2013-red-merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon AOC/AOP: Bordeaux  $12.99
The importers and vineyard employees present were passionate and enthusiastic... Bien Sûr
Love this packaging Château Lhorens 2012 red-merlot, cabernet sauvignon AOC/AOP: Bordeaux

Château Bel Air Gallier, 2009-red merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc "fruity" $16.99 AOC/AOP:Graves

Château Moulin de la Rivière, 2010 red-cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, AOC/AOP: Médoc

Duc de Valmont dry white 100% sauvignon blanc, $10.00 AOC/AOP Bordeaux Blanc. Affordable party pleaser 

Château Haut-Lagrange, 2010 red cabernet sauvignon, merlot AOC/AOP Pessac-Leognan

Château Vieux Cardinal Lafaurie, 2010 $33.99 red merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon AOC/AOP Lalande-de-Pomerol-very "elegant" style wine-only 2500 cases 

Château De Roques, 2009 red merlot, cabernet franc, $29.99 AOC/AOP Lissa Saint-Emilion
NIFTY- from Roadhouse Wine Merchants-there were several selections created/crafted by women vintners aka "Bordeaux Amazons…"all neighbors.

Château Saincrit, 2011 red $21.99 merlot, cabernet sauvignon  AOC/AOP Bordeaux supériur

words to live by, imo

Accessible reds-on left-Château les Reuilles red-merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, 2012 , $12.00 AOC/AOP Bordeaux bold rip fruit-on right Chäteau Paret, 2011 red $12.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux-smooth medium bodied   

Château La Graula, 2010 red $13.00-merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Bordeaux supérieur  another tasty crowd pleasing value-nice finish, bolder taste-beautiful tannins, black fruit-hint of toasty oak

on left-we tasted the Château de Graviéres 2010 red $19.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon-red ripe fruits finish medium body
Clarendelle 2012 dry white $13.67  sémillon, sauvignon blanc AOC/AOP Bordeaux- part of the wine portfolio of Clarence Dillon 
Clarendelle, 2012 $13.67 Rosé -merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc -dry Rosé  very nice~

Château Jean Faux, 2011 red $29.50 merlot, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Bordeaux supérieur
Château de Cruzeau -red cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc

Château Bonnet, 2011 red $13.00 merlot, cabernet franc, bordeaux AOC/AOP Bordeaux

Château Laffitte Laujac, 2010 red $30.00 cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot AOC/AOP Medoc- love this one-vineyard 140 acres of silty clay loam comes through-with red fruity aroma, low tannins-very elegant-pass the full fat French cheese plate around with this one
Les Hauts de Smith, 2008 red $27.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, AOC/AOP Pessac-Léognan
Château du Seuil, 2009 red $26.00 cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc AOC/AOP  Graves-from the same a delish Dry White (not pictured) $24-semillom, sauvignon blanc

Château de By, 2010 red $19.99 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc AOC/AOP Médoc
Château Moulin Haut Villars, 2009  red $23.00 merlot, cabernet franc, cabernet  sauvignon

Château Suau, 2010 sweet white $30.66 sémillon, sauvignon blanc AOC/AOP Cadillac "terrific" 

Château La Tour de Mons, 2006 red $35.00 merlot, cabernet sauvignon, petit verdot AOC/AOP  Margaux

Château de Rouillac, 2010 red $30 cabernet sauvignon, merlot AOC/AOP Pessac-Léognan