Posts Tagged Bordeaux

Dry Creek Valley: The Next Bastion of Bordeaux?

By Bob Johnson You’re not likely to see the red wine most closely associated with Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley — Zinfandel — ever made in the Bordeaux region of France. But there’s a good possibility that Dry Creek Valley could... Read more

The 2011 Bordeaux Vintage: No Additional Cellaring Necessary

By Bob Johnson Acclaimed wine critic Robert Parker, who tastes and assesses more wine than probably anyone, has called the 2011 vintage in Bordeaux “better than expected.” That’s not exactly glowing praise. On the other hand, it’s not... Read more

2000 Moulin de Duhart (Lafite), Pauillac, Bordeaux, France

Blend of 80.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19.5% Merlot is the "second" wine of Duhart Moulin. Tight and admittedly disappointing upon opening, it kept growing -- and growing -- over the next five hours. At its peak openness, this is a complex, earthy... Read more

2010 La Fleur d’Amelie Rouge, Bordeaux

(By Chateau de Sours.) Translucent ruby/crimson color. As the vineyard is a stone’s throw from Pomerol, it is no surprise that this red blend is primarily (75%) Merlot. The other grapes are Cabernet Franc (20%) and Petit Verdot (5%). A flowery... Read more

2012 Chateau de Sours Rosé, Bordeaux

Light pink color with shadings of copper. The seductive nose shows white chocolate laced with haunting whiffs of raspberry and other red fruits. There’s a plump fruit sweetness upon entry to the palate, gracefully trailing off to a dry finish that... Read more

2011 Chateau de Sours Blanc, Bordeaux

A traditional blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon, this wine is a very pale emerald green color. Warm scents of smoke and barrel rooms, with an underpinning of flint and minerals, lead to prickly notes of lime. Once in the mouth, the... Read more

NV Dominique Leandre-Chevalier Vin de France Blanc Noir, Bordeaux, France

Let's play a game called "Guess the Grape." Sauvignon Blanc? Nope. Chenin? Nope. Arbois? Nope. Chardonnay? Nope. Pinot Gris? Nope. Riesling (OK, we're really stretching it here)? Nope. Uh ... Now, had you guessed Cabernet... Read more

2008 Chateau La Grange Clinet Grand Vin de Bordeaux, Cotes de Bordeaux

Smooth-drinking, affordable blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Jammy blackberries mingle with notes of roasted pepper, autumn leaves and campfire. For the price, surprisingly enjoyable. MSRP: $10.99 (December 2012) Wine... Read more

2008 Chateau de Lisennes ‘Cuvee Tradition’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

Transparent light ruby in color, this wine has a light vinegar quality in the nose, joined by an impression of sweet molasses. In the mouth, it’s quite different — much more mellow and slaty, but with hardly any noticeable fruit — and then a... Read more

2007 Chateau Tayet ‘Cuvee Prestige’ Bordeaux Superieur Rouge, France

Lightly glass-staining translucent garnet in color, lightening at the edges. Polished leather and mocha notes are at the forefront, joined by dark currant. From the mid-palate on, chocolaty tannins slather the tongue. MSRP: $25 (December... Read more