Now to Bordeaux, the most famous red wine area in the world. Although the famous Châteaux get the lion’s share of attention, the vast majority of Bordelais wine is much more modest…such as this Bordeaux Supérieur. The Supérieur tag isn’t that meaningful these days, but the reds are normally quite drinkable Merlot-based blends. The assemblage here fits that bill: 50% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Petit Verdot. In fact there’s quite a lot of Cab Sauv for such a “Petit Château” – and it’s one of the reasons why this wine is so dark when poured, though still exhibiting a youthful purple tinge. The nose is centred around a graphite core (typical from Cabernet Sauvignon) surrounded by tight black fruit. The fruit opens up on the palate which shows juicy blackcurrant and plum, with a touch of leather and soft tannin on the finish. What a great way to get into Bordeaux!
||Medium Intensity, developing, cedar, floral, red fruits
||Medium Bodied, dry, medium acidity, light tannin, moderate intensity, medium finish, plum, black cherry, earthy
France > Bordeaux
Red, Dry, Medium-Bodied, Earthy, Rich
Serve fresh, young Bordeaux un-fussy, everyday fare.
Pair with take-out roast chicken with scalloped potatoes,
game-day cheese steaks
or lamb dishes from rosemary scented chops to grilled souvlaki.