The Latest (Affordable) Bordeaux Arrivals

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The Latest (Affordable) Bordeaux Arrivals

When you combine wines from the world's most famous wine region with prices under $40, well, that gets our attention.

Bordeaux is without question one of, if not the most esteemed, revered and famous wine growing region in the world.  The red wines, often blends of varying amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec attract feverish obsession across the globe, everyone from the newly monied to the long time impassioned upping the prices on the most prestigious wines to downright unattainable for us mere humans.

So, here’s the thing.  There are, on average, 900 million bottles of Bordeaux produced a year, of that rather astonishing number, 70% of those wines sell in France for under $15 euros.  The majority of the wines being made in Bordeaux aren’t mind bogglingly expensive. There are literally millions of bottles of wine carefully produced in Bordeaux and lots of them can get here, in refrigerated containers, across a big-ol’-ocean and be here on the shelf for prices that, considering the quality and agreeability, are also shocking, this time in the other direction however, we can all afford them!

Newest Value Red Bordeaux Arrivals:

2015 Chateau Du Pin Bordeaux

A previous vintage of this ultra-value Bordeaux was one of our most successful Wine of the Month offerings. Our customers fell in love with the medium texture and weight, slight coco and bits of savory all wrapped up with cooked red fruits. Easy and graceful on the palate with just the right amount of grip for good balance. Grilled or roasted red meats and earthy mushroom dishes are calling for this friendly little crowd pleaser.

$9.99 per bottle

 

2015 Chateau Grimard Bordeaux

Nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, the Merlot offering slight veggies and green tea notes while the Cabernet Sauvignon brings a bit darker fruit and a little meatiness. There are some pretty purple flower notes intertwined with slightly gamey, fruity and stony flavors. Medium weight and a nice grip of tannin on the clean finish.

$11.99 per bottle

 

2016 Chateau Tellus Vinea Bordeaux

This organically farmed gem comes from just outside Saint-Emilion and is comprised of 60%Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and offers categorically classic, old school Bordeaux aromas and flavors. No rich, sweet fruit, no high extraction, this is pure restrained fruit and mineral. Medium weight and tremendously fresh. Got steak? We’ve got your wine.

$15.99 per bottle

 

2014 Chateau Sainte-Marie Bordeaux Superieur

We’ve been stocking the wines from this tiny family domaine for over 15 years now and in all that time they have maybe gone up a couple dollars but they have never ceased to over perform for their price. Another super fresh, classically structured Bordeaux not longing to be something it’s not. Dark fruit, subtle spice, some plum and a touch of minerals. Silky on the palate but anything but heavy. Speaks of its homeland.

$15.99 per bottle

 

2014 Chateau Paveil De Luze Margaux

The Luze family have owned this estate since the late 1800s but it was in 2005 that the latest generation took hold and started a massive upgrade. The vineyards are planted to 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% and 5% Cabernet Franc, the vintage determines how much of each goes into the final blend. The 2014 vintage is simply charming. Light to medium bodied with gentle floral notes and tangy summer berries. Folding into itself beautifully and drinking great right now.

$33.99 per bottle

 

2015 Chateau Grands Chenes, Medoc

While this is almost a third Merlot the Cabernet Sauvignon, and some generous oak, give this Bordeaux a bigger, fuller body and depth. Bit of a crossover wine for those accustomed to more creamy fruit and vanilla in their fuller bodied reds. Dark color, very aromatic, like I said, full and creamy. Wants a cheese course or braised meat.

$31.99 per bottle

 

2014 Chateau Dame Gaffeliere Saint-Emilion

Okay, not gonna lie, the aromatics on this feminine wine covered my flesh in goosebumps. So elegant, delicate, stuffed but buttoned in. Flowers, warm spice, crushed black fruit. Breezy texture in the mouth with a finish that while not at all heavy, just won’t quit. A treat to savor and with a nice steak or lamb or roasted mushrooms. Do it. You deserve this. 

$37.99 per bottle

Comments

  1. Samantha Samantha

    Martin,
    Thanks for reading and I do hope you had a fantastic trip. Burgundy, as a place, is one of my magical spots. Any highlights? As you may have heard while you were there, there has been some seriously brutal weather in Burgundy and that has tragically cost the region some very limited, in terms of quantity, vintages. The wines are gorgeous but it is getting harder and harder to get them, so tasting events here at the shop have been difficult. We don't have one scheduled as of yet though we always do a Beaujolais event is November so keep an eye out for that. I will keep you posted should we get a Burgundy tasting on the books! Thanks for visiting. Samantha

  2. Martin Axel Martin Axel

    Samantha
    As we’ve just returned from the region, any chance you can have a Saturday tasting of Beajulais/Burgundy? Just a thought Thanks

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