Tag Archives: Bordeaux

Wine of the Week – Petite Siréne 2015

Fruity and round, this Bordeaux, Petite Siréne 2015, is 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was added to Cape Classics’ portfolio via a partnership with Third Growth Bordeaux estate, Chateau Giscours in Margaux. It became the second Bordeaux winery go join Cape Classics last year and combines the aroma of berries with tannins. Selected from the best parcels in Bordeaux, the grapes – 60 percent Merlot and 40 percent Cabernet Sauvignon – are fruity, savory and complex with “gentle” tannins. The wine won a Gold in the 2016 International Wine Competition in Los Angeles. Go to http://www.capeclassics.com/wines/petite-sirene-bordeaux-cabernet-sauvignon-merlot-2015/

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Wine of the Week – Chateau Puy-Blanquet St. Emilion Grand Cru 2009

This lovely French wine makes for good sipping indoors on a cold winter night. From Bordeaux, it has good tannins and notes of plum, blackberry and cedar. The winery is owned by the Jacquet family which acquired it in 1955 and has 25 year-old vines grown in soil rich in clay and chalk. This vintage has a floral nose with suggestions of licorice as well as red berries and blackberries. The winery practices ‘green harvesting,’ picking the grapes by hand.  It’s medium bodied and bright with its  own freshness. Serve cool – the winery suggests at “cellar temperature,” to bring out its freshness. Go to www.thewinecellarinsider.com/…/chateau-puy-blanquet-st-emilion-bordeaux-wine/

 

Baron de Rothschild offers new line of value wines

Légende, a new line of wines designed for everyday consumption and value from the legendary Baron des Rothschild, offers consumers what the winemaker calls “a little elegance every day.”

This group of wines was originally called “The Reserves,” created for family and friends’ everyday drinking. Today, the wines are described as “Légende, a little elegance every day.”

The Pauillac from Médoc comes from a terroir with “gravelly” hillsides on clay subsoil. The natural drainage allows the vines to develop deep roots. The wines are good quality offerings matured for three to nine months, 40 percent with oak.

The nose is expressive, refined and elegant, toasted and spicy and the wines offer good tannins and a fresh finish. They are classic Pauillac, 70 percent Cabernet and 30 percent Medoc.

Excellence, Baron de Rothschild declares, is at the heart of everything the estate produces. Since 1868, the estate’s offerings have been rooted, quite literally, in the soil of Bordeaux and a pioneering spirit that today, is in its fifth generation.

First created for family and friends, the wines, once known as the “Reserves,” are meant for every day consumption – classic offerings with “immediate charm.” They work well as value offerings on a wine by the glass list.