A Bordeaux Trifecta
Did you know that 1 in 3 people living in and around Bordeaux work directly in the wine business? That's out of a metropolis of 3 milllion! In other words, there's a LOT of Bordeaux wine in the market, much of it nameless, faceless, boring, and uninteresting.
It could be that we don't sell or work with Bordeaux as much as we could. Sifting through the monolithic mountain of choices is daunting. And then, one can't even be sure that what they're getting comes from an actual estate winery. Lots of bottles are 'designed' by cooperatives and marketers with all sense of place long gone.
But, through the power of direct importing we've been able to hand select a few wines, right from the winery's front door, that quite frankly, are pretty exciting. I've wrapped them into a tidy little 3-pack for a really sharp price, (like, really sharp) so you can try them out. Here they are:
- Domaine Claouset Bordeaux Rouge 'Futs de Chene' 2015--The Domaine de Claouset Rouge Futs de Chene 2015 is shockingly delicious--a veritable salad bowl of red fruits. This is one of those bottles I would put someone's hands that wrongly believes all Merlot sucks. Why? Because it proves in fact, that um, all Merlot doesn NOT indeed suck. In fact, from properly farmed vines, and splish-splashed with some structured Cabernet Franc, it makes for an uncommonly rich and complex wine. ($15)
- Chateau Carlmagnus, Fronsac 2012--This is the crown jewel of the holdings of Arnaud Roux-Oulié, a gem of just 6 hectares, pure Merlot, grown on the upper terrace about the cute village of St. Michel-de-Fronsac. Here's the Merlot that would have made that depressed guy in Sideways shut the hell up about trashing Merlot. I thought maybe Arnaud's 2011 was a bit over the top, but this 2012 is plump, plummy, generous and complex. A wine to cellar for 10 more years if you do that sort of thing. ($32)
- Domaine d'Arvouet St. Emilion 2014--This wine right here is a perfect example of what I'm talking about above. A Montagne St. Emilion that when distributed through the Bordeaux marketplace would undoubtedly run $40. But now, we can score a bottle like this. This is just the third vintage of Chateau D'Arvouet and for me, it hits on all cylinders. Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a soupcon of Cabernet Sauvignon work nicely together to form a wine that is drinkable in youth, but will continue to develop nicely over the next 10 years.($18)
All in that make $65 worth of wine for the three bottles. But, today, on the 3-pack:
Just $50 for the trifecta