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Morning Wood: An Aged Bordeaux for Under $25 - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words via @DoBianchi

Morning Wood: An Aged Bordeaux for Under $25 - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words via @DoBianchi | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

...I recently asked Houston wine legend Bear Dalton, wine buyer at Spec's and one of our country's leading experts on Bordeaux, to put together a mixed case of under-$25 wines for me. He included a number of bottles of Bordeaux like the Château Bernadotte (and I'll be reviewing the wines here in coming weeks)...

...I'm looking forward to digging deeper into the mixed case selected for me by my "personal shopper" this weekend...

 

 

 

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Jeremy, keep digging in affordable Bordeaux. I suggest you a visit to http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/ : a lot of gems to find out there !

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Why a topic about affordable Bordeaux wines ?

I am running a familial estate from now 20 years in Bordeaux area.
From the beginning, I have been involved in the marketing program of "Planet Bordeaux", the syndicat representing  Bordeaux & Bordeaux superieurs.

 

Our main difficulty is to convince customers, bloggers, journalists, importers, distributors that there are two sides to Bordeaux wines.

 

That beside famous but unaffordable grands crus, you can find a goldmine teeming with little gems, gorgeous values.

As Bernard Burchy, top French wine specialit says : "The best value for money wines in the world are to be found inside Bordeaux & Bordeaux superieurs appellations. There is a single problem : the world does not know about it".

 

Modestly, this topic aims to collect blogs, press about good Bordeaux wines retailing at a reasonable prices to inpulse a change and make the gems more easy to be found.

 

Should you have any suggestion of an article to be posted here, please inform me (for example via the comment button below this post) !


My twitter account : @rchbx
Our familial estate : www.chaigne.fr

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Michelle Loftus's comment, August 10, 2013 10:11 AM
Thank you so much, Regis, for your gracious hospitality (especially since we were very late). The visit to your vineyard was so informative, we learned so much! And the introduction to the Claret - who knew? What a fantastic wine.. As you suggested, we subsequently went to Planete Bordeaux - and we were so happy that we did. What an amazing place! We purchased, of course, some of your clairet, to take home. May I ask, how long can it left in the bottle? What is the ideal drinking time, after bottling, for this wine? Thanks again, Regis, for a most wonderful and edifying visit!
Regis Chaigne's comment, August 10, 2013 4:03 PM
Hi Michelle, happy you enjoyed your visit, and sorry to shorten it ;-)
Clairet is designed to be drunk as soon as bottled, and may be cellared up to 2/3 years. My experience is that our clairet is still very good later (5 years) but very different. Creamy instead of fruity.
You are welcome again when back in France
Michelle Loftus's comment, August 18, 2013 12:21 AM
Thank you so much, Regis, for the information, and for the welcome back! We can hardly wait for the next opportunity to visit. I read there were really bad hailstorms in the area, a couple of weeks ago, and there was much damage to the grapes. How serious is it, Regis, and were you affected?
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Blanc, Rosé et Clairet: 18 Oscars dans les vignobles des Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur

Blanc, Rosé et Clairet: 18 Oscars dans les vignobles des Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
"Les vins blancs et vins rosés sont, paraît-il, les préférés de ces dames. Depuis 8 ans, le syndicat des Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur a donc décidé d'organiser un concours au jury 100% féminin qui récompensent et met en lumière une sélection de vins blancs, rosés et clairets issus des vignobles bordelais. Un concours baptisé «Oscars de l'été» en référence à la saison qui sied particulièrement bien à leur dégustation." 
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Wine Finds: Good Bordeaux bargains : Lifestyles

Wine Finds: Good Bordeaux bargains : Lifestyles | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

"While some of them can be quite expensive, plenty of good Bordeaux bargains can be found. Look for such things as whether the wine comes from a specific appellation, whether it has been bottled on the estate, or whether it’s been produced by a well-respected chateau or négociant."

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Don't Forget Bordeaux Blanc, A White Wine Essential

Don't Forget Bordeaux Blanc, A White Wine Essential | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
Bordeaux blanc comes in many shades but at its core is a quintessential elegance....
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Dont forget to visit @planetbordeaux : a lot of good picks there if you are searching for white Bordeaux. But also lovely reds, roses, clairets at this outstanding place linking to several hundreds of winemakers.

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Bordeaux Rosé, l'Autre Rosé 2014 - YouTube

L'été 2014 sous le signe du Bordeaux Rosé http://www.bordeaux-rose.com
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Episode 3 aussi déjanté que les 2 premiers !

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La pub "Bordeaux Rosé", c'est la faute de Claude François

La pub "Bordeaux Rosé", c'est la faute de Claude François | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
VIDEO - Depuis deux ans, une publicité radio vante les vertus des vins de Bordeaux... rosés. Un refrain entêtant que l'on doit à un titre de Cloclo. Explications Vous ne pouvez pas...
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Un de nos stratèges marketing de l'époque aurait-il soufflé à Cloco l'idée de reprendre le tube du groupe anglais Fairfield Parlour ?
L'original (datant de 1970) aurait-il été suscité par ce même stratège ?
Du très bon placement produit bien avant que cela ne devienne à la mode, mais il aura fallu plus de 40 ans pour l'exploiter à donf !
http://youtu.be/aEP5a6huTvA

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Le clairet fait le printemps

Le clairet fait le printemps | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

« Le clairet est un vin très aromatique qui permet à un néophyte d’approcher le vin plus facilement »

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La cave de Quinsac est le plus important produceur de Bordeaux Clairet.

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Les étiquettes sont sorties pour les bordeaux rosé et clairet de Vicky ! | MissVickyWine.com

Les étiquettes sont sorties pour les bordeaux rosé et clairet de Vicky ! | MissVickyWine.com | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

C’est notamment grâce au syndicat des vins de Bordeaux et Bordeaux Supérieur que j’ai pu réunir les 15 échantillons pré-sélectionnés. En janvier à Paris, 15 dégustateurs ont gouté à l’aveugle les vins pour ne laisser que trois vignobles sont restés sur le podium.

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Et oui, à Bordeaux la gamme des rosés est large, et je suis particulièrement heureux que Miss Vicky Wine ait craqué pour les appellations Bordeaux Rosé et Bordeaux Clairet !

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2011 Chateau De Fontenille Bordeaux Clairet via Kim Kolb @wineywomen

Nice way to make a Cabernet Franc into a Rose style wine.
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Ceux qui me suivent connaissent ma passion pour l'appellation Bordeaux Clairet.
Celui de mon confrère Stéphane Defraine est un de ceux que je recommande les yeux fermés.
Kim l'aime beaucoup !

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Planet Bordeaux's curator insight, May 3, 2013 8:57 AM

A Planet Bordeaux wine tasted by @wineywomen.

 

This Clairet is made like a light red wine. It combines fruit, freshness, tenderness, without excluding balance and character. Ideal in summer, for the aperitif or with cold lunches and grilled meat. To be drunk within two years after bottling.

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Les Oscars des Bordeaux de l'été vus par @papotiche

Les Oscars des Bordeaux de l'été vus par @papotiche | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

J’ai demandé à l’organisateur pourquoi il avait fait le choix d’un jury composé de femmes ; double réponse : déjà parce que les femmes aiment ce type de soirées (yeeeaaaar babyyyy, on aime bien se retrouver entre nous pour dire du mal et pour juger les autres), et ensuite parce qu’elles sont amatrices de Rosés et de Clairets.

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Papotiche nous apporte sa vision rafraîchissante de cette soirée entre filles qui a permis de sélectionner les 18 vins de l'été qui seont mis en avant au cours des opérations de promotion de Planète Bordeaux (6 Bordeaux blancs, 6 Bordeaux rosés, 6 Bordeaux clairet)

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Morning Wood: An Aged Bordeaux for Under $25 - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words via @DoBianchi

Morning Wood: An Aged Bordeaux for Under $25 - Houston - Restaurants and Dining - Eating Our Words via @DoBianchi | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

...I recently asked Houston wine legend Bear Dalton, wine buyer at Spec's and one of our country's leading experts on Bordeaux, to put together a mixed case of under-$25 wines for me. He included a number of bottles of Bordeaux like the Château Bernadotte (and I'll be reviewing the wines here in coming weeks)...

...I'm looking forward to digging deeper into the mixed case selected for me by my "personal shopper" this weekend...

 

 

 

Regis Chaigne's insight:

Jeremy, keep digging in affordable Bordeaux. I suggest you a visit to http://usa.planet-bordeaux.com/ : a lot of gems to find out there !

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La Chine, Bordeaux et le Vin : business et Amitié via Pascal Hénot

La Chine, Bordeaux et le Vin : business et Amitié via Pascal Hénot | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

L’Association Amicale des Chinois du Sud-Ouest en France regroupe les ressortissants Chinois s’installant dans notre région. Elle compte plus de 200 membres.

Les membres de l’association se sont réunis ce dimanche 17 mars pour mettre à l’honneur leur Président Monsieur Lin-Sheng HUANG

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Pascal a eu la chance de faire un voyage dans la culture chinoise tout en restant à Bordeaux. 
Il semble avoir apprécié l'expérience !

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The new Vicky Bordeaux Rosé unveiled! : Miss Vicky Wine

The new Vicky Bordeaux Rosé unveiled! : Miss Vicky Wine | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
Here it comes, after quite a few days of selection, tasting and reflection, the new Vicky's Bordeaux Rosé was proclaimed! Bright pink color, just like a ready to be eaten fresh strawberry, easy going, its crisp and full of red fruits.
Regis Chaigne's insight:

Quelle bonne idée Miss Vicky Wine de mettre un Bordeaux rosé dans ta gamme !

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Michael Madrigale named ambassador of Planet Bordeaux wines

Michael Madrigale named ambassador of Planet Bordeaux wines | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

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Planet Bordeaux's insight : Planet Bordeaux winemakers are delighted to announce Michael Madrigale as their new ambassador in the United-States.

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Bordeaux: varieties add spice - Off Licence News - The Voice of Drinks Retailing

Bordeaux: varieties add spice - Off Licence News - The Voice of Drinks Retailing | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

"Matthew Fijalkowski, manager of Oddbins in West Dulwich, south east London, said: “The trip has completely changed my opinion. I was here 10 years ago and I only went to the big chateaux like Angelus and Mouton, but I found the smaller chateaux we visited this time much more open and friendly and down-to-earth."

“It all makes me more predisposed to sell Bordeaux. We sell a fair amount – it’s solid. But being here and seeing the local colour adds a lot of vim and enthusiasm to your selling techniques."

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Yes, the range of Bordeaux wines is so wide. The icons are  the stuff dreams are made of, but a lot of undiscovered affordable gems are still waiting to be unveiled...

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Top 10 wines in the US press

Top 10 wines in the US press | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

"This wine is priced like an entry-level white but it doesn’t act like one. It way-overdelivers for the price — and has for years. To appreciate it, you have to love this style Sauvignon Blanc — which is not for sweet palates. It’s crisp, fruity and dry..."

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We would need more strong brands as Mouton cadet in Bordeaux...

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Alain et Dolorès Bessette producteurs de Bordeaux Supérieur

Alain et Dolorès Bessette producteurs de Bordeaux Supérieur | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

Notre axe, c'est le végétal, la vigne, de trouver les bons terroirs aussi... ...Aujourd'hui, on manque de vin. On est passé de 20 000 bouteilles à 450 000 l'an dernier."

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En particulier, le Bordeaux blanc 2013 d'Alain est impressionnant de pureté et de puissance. Un grand vin à un prix très doux : foncez s'il en reste !

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Bordeaux Wines | What You Don't Know About Bordeaux (VIDEO)

Bordeaux Wines | What You Don't Know About Bordeaux (VIDEO) | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

Did you know that you can get an excellent bottle of Bordeaux for less than 15 bucks? Most people associate Bordeaux wine with a high price tag, but the truth is the majority of wines produced in Bordeaux are not First Growths or Grand Crus. They are from small producers making affordable and accessible wines that pair with every occasion from a typical Tuesday night to Thanksgiving dinner.

Regis Chaigne's insight:

Thanks Monique for your awesome job.

You reflect perfectly the paradox of our appellations :

You can easily find a lot of gems there, but few people are looking for them...

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bordeaux rosé | via Le Coin de Joëlle

bordeaux rosé | via Le Coin de Joëlle | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

...L’été pour moi, rime avec rosé...

...Habitant à Bordeaux, je suis forcément devenue une fidèle du Bordeaux Rosé...

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Toujours aussi belles, les photos de Joëlle !

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Clairet – when more is more.. | Vinogusto Blog

Clairet – when more is more.. | Vinogusto Blog | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

...Shunned for their vibrant colour, clairet suffers from an identification issue with few wine drinkers recognizing the fresh, fruity attributes of these wines...

...Having discovered clairet on a recent trip to Bordeaux, I can’t understand why the trend is for lighter and lighter roses when these wines pack so much fruitness and character into the bottle...

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Les Bordeaux Clairets, vins au profil si particulier qu'il est difficile de les expliquer.
Mais une fois que vous y aurez goûté, il y a de grandes chances que vous deveniez fan...
Ce rosé corsé de gastronomie mérite sa place à la carte des plus grandes tables.

Qui connaît des étoilés qui proposent au moins un Bordeaux Clairet ?

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WineWriting.com by Richard Mark James: Bordeaux: "under a tenner... mostly."

WineWriting.com by Richard Mark James: Bordeaux: "under a tenner... mostly." | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
Half a dozen Bordeaux reds, a white and rosé from Bordeaux Undiscovered, Lidl and M&S.
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Yes you can fin excellent Bordeaux wines under £10 in UK !

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Discover White Bordeaux | Wine Folly

Discover White Bordeaux | Wine Folly | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
What is White Bordeaux? Well, the major grapes include Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Find out what this famous white wine blend has to offer including food pairing recommendations.

Via Planet Bordeaux
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Planet Bordeaux's curator insight, April 23, 2013 5:07 AM

A general overview of white Bordeaux wines by Wine Folly. Discover these great values and get some food pairing suggestions.

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Bordeaux can make serious rosé | The Drinks Business

Bordeaux can make serious rosé | The Drinks Business | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it

Speaking to the drinks business during primeurs week in Bordeaux, Mau said: “I think rosé can be a serious wine and Bordeaux can make serious rosé.

“I’m very pleased with my first vintage. We need to change people’s perceptions and prove that Bordeaux has the capability to produce elegant rosés.”

Renowned for its mineral whites, Château Brown in Pessac-Léognan released its inaugural 2012 rosé onto the international market this month.


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Bordeaux did not wait for Château Brown to make serious rosés ;-)

Do you know the "Bordeaux Clairet AOC" ?

Not to be confused with British word "Claret" meaning "full bodied red Bordeaux", the Bordeaux clairet is a "rosé on steroids" according Nick Stephens http://goo.gl/BF2zx

To be discovered urgently !

 

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Wine Review: affordable Bordeaux | Telegraph | via @SusyAtkins

Wine Review: affordable Bordeaux | Telegraph | via @SusyAtkins | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
I repeat the tasting now and again, and lately things have got decidedly better. The Bordelais, realising that drinkers today want riper styles, are putting out juicier, richer reds at the cheaper end, mainly by picking riper merlot grapes (merlot, not cabernet sauvignon, holds sway in the affordable, early-drinking claret blend)
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Dix futurs ambassadeurs chinois de la culture du vin

Dix futurs ambassadeurs chinois de la culture du vin | Bordeaux wines for everyone | Scoop.it
Le lycée viticole de La Tour Blanche accueille sa première promotion du cursus Wine Art. Dix étudiants chinois suivront une formation spéciale pendant douze mois. Lu Feng, 29 ans,...
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Cette passion frénétique des Chinois pour les vins de Bordeaux est un petit miracle qui redonne le moral ;-)

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Wine Etc.: Good Bordeaux wines widely available and affordable via Tom Marquardt & Patrick Darr

By seeking out the widely available and numerous regional and chateau bottling the smart consumer can enjoy the best Bordeaux wines ever made and pay very modest prices

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Une jolie sélection de Bordeaux et Bordeaux supérieurs disponibles dans le Maryland. Aux Etats Unis, les journalistes privilégient les millésimes 2009 et 2010.

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