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' 2016--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 Lapinesse Cuvee Prestige Graves Rouge 2016--Twin brothers David and Laurent Siozard are rising stars in the Bordeaux countryside. Far removed from the fancy Medoc, this is an AOC Graves Rouge of uncommon power, structure, and richness. The 2016 is a showstopper--concentrated, filled with puissance, and finely tuned. Wow factor made with an equal blend of Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon, and Merlot. ($29)
- Domaine de Merlet Pessac-Leognan 2015--Merlet is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, as much of the great wines of Pessac are. When I first tasted it with my new friend in Bordeaux (Paul, the barrel guy), our eyes bulged from our heads. This was the kind of Bordeaux I've been seeking--dark, almost opaque, color, dried black fruits, pencil lead, a whiff of pipe tobacco--all a classic Cabernet is meant to be. ($39)
All in that make $83 worth of wine for the three bottles. But, today, on the 3-pack:
Just $66 for the trifecta