22 Jan Red Bordeaux Highlights
2015 is one of the BEST recent vintages in Bordeaux! The wines are rich, full bodied and loaded with great fruit. We have been loading up on some exceptional values and here are a few of our favorites!
2015 Chateau Jeanguillon, Bordeaux Superieur AOC
On Sale $10.99
This rock-solid blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon & 20% Cabernet Franc way over delivers. A delicious right bank style Bordeaux Superieur made with real finesse. Classic flavours of blackberry, cassis, and rich, dark plumy and smoky notes of graphite, dark toffee and spice alongside a hint of vanilla. Deep garnet color and supple with refined structure. Long ripe finish with great tannin.
2015 Chateau Mazetier, Bordeaux AOC
On Sale $8.99
This medium to full-bodied, luscious blend is mainly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of both Cabernet Franc and a splash of Malbec. The nose is aromatic with loads of red fruit (think red cherry and ripe raspberry) and notes of cassis and spice. On the palate, more dark cherry and lavender with a note of mineral and a soft, elegant finish. This is one of the best steak frites wines we’ve got!
2015 Chateau Puyanche, Francs Cotes de Bordeaux AOC
On Sale $12.99
This is named for Arnaud Puyanché, who moved to Francs to make wine but put the project on hold due to the Great War of 1914. Five generations later, the family has revived his dream of producing estate wines. Ripe and full of red fruits, this 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc is concentrated and rich. The tannins are fine and already integrated into the fruits. With the acidity at the end, this is a well-balanced wine with a good future. Drink from 2020.
90 points, The Wine Enthusiast (Editor’s Choice)
2014 Poitevin, Medoc AOC
On Sale $12.99
The 2014 Château Poitevin has a generous blackberry and raspberry coulis-scented bouquet, quite floral in style with neatly integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, quite voluminous with good weight if not quite the complexity or nuance to match. But I appreciate the hubris of the wine: it is not overpowering and there is plenty of rustic fruit on the finish. Give this gutsy Cru Bourgeois a year or two in bottle. Tasted September 2016.
The Wine Advocate