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Bordeaux Blend

France, Bordeaux Red Blend, Château Majoureau, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2008

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Red Bordeaux blend of: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc. Note: a great wine, especially for the price, on night one. However, after overnight slumber in the refrigerator (vaccu-vinned) she became even more elegant and balanced. In short, do not fear saving leftovers for night two. In fact, I encourage it. N/ […]

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France, Rose Red Blend (Bordeaux Rose), Chateau Ballan Larquette, Bordeaux, 2010

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Bordeaux Rose blend of: 45% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: improved when served warmer than normal for a Rose.C/ Brick dust orange. Actually appears quite aged. Hope this is not an oxidized bottle… (it was not). N/ Strawberries, orange zest, crushed granite, dry burlap, hay, herbs, nutmeg, tiny waft of funkiness. […]

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France, Tasting Event, Planet Bordeaux, Affordable Red Bordeaux Blends, 2006, 2007, 2008, & 2009 Vintages

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This was a TasteLive event, organized by Planet Bordeaux (http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/) and Balzac Communications (http://balzac.com/) All wines, below,  were media samples kindly provided by the winery. Note: our tasting group (#SDWM on Twitter) was fortunate enough to have 2 sets of the wines – so we opened one when the event began and one 3 hours […]

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France, White Bordeaux (Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon), Chateau Ballan-Larquette, Bordeaux, Gran Vin, 2009

N/ Lime zest, river stones, steel wool, dried hay and honey. Really quite elegant for the price point. T/ Full mouthfeel. Medium high, but clean, glycerol weight. Mineral-rich, yellow fruits. Hay infused spring water. Delightful, old-world structure, with enough of a fruit profile – that so many new world drinkers covet. Should be a crowd […]

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France, Bordeaux, Red Blend, Chateau Bel Air, 2008

Note: we recommend decanting and waiting at least 2 hours before enjoying. N/ Flint, brick dust, under-ripe cassis, gunpowder. Dirt-kissed cherries. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Clean, medium high acid. Angular granite juice infused with a light cassis reduction. Hardwoods. This lady is knife-like. Price = $12 Good+. 84 This wine was a media sample kindly provided […]

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France, Bordeaux Red Blend (Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon), Chateau La Freynelle, Gran Vin de Bordeaux, 2008

Note: suggest decanting, and then waiting 2 hours before enjoying. N/ Distinctly Bordeaux – aged cassis, flint, sharp graphite, leather, and burlap. Slightly medicinal. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Chalky plum and cherry. Both rough and round tannins. Slight pucker. Hard oaks. Angular, mineral finish with a final end note of cassis. Interesting, and very well crafted […]

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France, Bordeaux Blend, Chateau Haut-Beausejour, 2003

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N/ Fat plum tarn. Graphite and earth seared cherries. Fresh leather. T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Quite dry. Nose prepares you for a fruit bomb, but she is not here. Instead is austere purple fruits, earth, and leather.  Spring water. Nice elogated finish. Kiss of smoke. Retail $17-30. Note: Let breath at least an hour after […]

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