So, it’s been a few weeks since my last #PlanetBordeaux tasting, and in true K2 fashion, I finally have my notes all together. This time out, we were tasting 6 red Bordeaux wines, each with a price tag no more than $20, and each with a fairly different blend involved.
Digressing just a bit, the organization of Planet Bordeaux – promoting the awareness and the appellation of the Bordeaux AOC and in particular, Bordeaux Superieur – is something necessary in what for most wine consumers is a veritable land of confusion. I can’t tell you how often I still explain what it is Bordeaux exactly references, and what kinds of wines actually come from this place. Most consumers generally don’t “get” that Bordeaux describes place just as much as it describes the grape varieties used to comprise the blends. “Oh, so these are a blend?” “Yes, Virginia, they like to blend their wines in Bordeaux.”
Chateau Moulin de Ferrand Bordeaux Superieur 2009. Grade=Outstanding. 40% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and 35% Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied red shows off graphite, blackberry and black cherry notes. An herbal streak shimmers in the background.
Chateau de Lisennes “Cuvee Tradition” Bordeaux Superieur 2009. Grade=Outstanding. 40% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Herbal, floral and earthy with dark plum and black currant notes.
Chateau Bonnet Reserve Bordeaux Rouge 2009. Grade=Very Good. 59% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% Cabernet Franc. A hint of toast amidst black and red fruits, pencil shavings, and black pepper.
Chateau Marechaux Bordeaux Superieur 2009. Grade=Very Good. This Merlot/Cab blend is earthy and dusty with its blackberry and cracked peppercorn undertones, a hint of pencil lead and touches of black cherry and plum.
Chateau Penin Grande Selection Bordeaux Superieur 2009. Grade=Very Good. 100% Merlot, this medium-bodied red displays more tannin up front, with violet, plum and anise leading into a black cherry finish.
Chateau de Bel Bordeaux Superieur 2009. Grade=Outstanding. 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, you get chalk and wet stones mixed in with blackberry and blueberry fruit, spices and cedar. Very nice.
What’s great about these wines is that they are a gateway into the ever-pricey realm of Bordeaux wines. With the classified growths almost completely out of reach, pricewise, for the average consumer, the Bordeaux Superieur wines are the way in. However, what sucks is that out of these 6 wines, you can find 2 of them in this area (that being the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area) – those being the Chateaux Bonnet and de Bel.
In any event, I urge you to give the wines of Bordeaux Superieur a go.