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Bordeaux wines aren't just red, & they don't have to be expensive to be good. Give these a try
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Chateau Nicot 2008 Bordeaux | New Hampshire Wine-man

Chateau Nicot 2008 Bordeaux | New Hampshire Wine-man | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

This is a quaffing wine (By itself or with food), with good acids and tame tannin carried on a light-plus body with mellow flavors of pomegranate and boysenberry. The finish is a surprisingly spicy affair, with cayenne and white pepper.

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Chateau David Beaulieu 2010 Bordeaux Superieur | New Hampshire Wine-man

Chateau David Beaulieu 2010 Bordeaux Superieur | New Hampshire Wine-man | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Having a medium body with medium acidity and marked by fair tannin, this Bordeaux is definitely a table wine ready to drink at any time.

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Bad Boy Bordeaux 2005 Merlot, On Halloween, All the Big Boys Were Bad | New Hampshire Wine-man

Bad Boy Bordeaux 2005 Merlot, On Halloween, All the Big Boys Were Bad | New Hampshire Wine-man | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Bad Boy Bordeaux 2005 Merlot, Approximately $20.00, 88 points, is a different kind of Merlot, it is aromatically earthy with grape and spicy cedar notes, and has the dark color of garnet, flecks and all.

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Great News from Grape News Importing: Chateau Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Superieur

Great News from Grape News Importing: Chateau Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Superieur | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Chateau Valentons-Canteloup Bordeaux Superieur is a family-owned property that sits just along the Dordogne river in Bordeaux (in the village of St. Loubès just about 1km east of the A10-autoroute from Paris to Bordeaux for all you map nuts). It is owned by the Meynard family and Jacques Meynard makes all the wine on the property from white to rose to red.

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schiller-wine: Tasting Château du Cros and other Petites Bordeaux Wines with Winemaker Julien Noel at Calvert and Woodley in Washington DC, USA

schiller-wine: Tasting Château du Cros and other Petites Bordeaux Wines with Winemaker Julien Noel at Calvert and Woodley in Washington DC, USA | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Julien Noel is the winemaker at Château du Cros, Loupiac, France. Ever heard of Château du Cros? Probably not. Château du Cros is not one of the 300 or so winemakers in Bordeaux that produce a premium Bordeaux which sells en primeur for several hundreds of Euros per bottle. No, Château du Cros is one of the other 18.000 producers or so that are not in the limelight and that make so called Petites Bordeaux wines. As Christian Schiller highlights in this article, many of these petites Bordeaux producers offer very good value for the price.

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Get the taste of Bordeaux without the price - Columnists - Falkirk Herald

Get the taste of Bordeaux without the price - Columnists - Falkirk Herald | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it
A treasure trove for wine lovers, the region of Bordeaux in south-west France has been holding the world’s attention since the boom years of the 18th century when it was a bustling trade port.
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Get Set For The Next Twitter Tasting - Wine n°1 Château Bonnet Réserve, Bordeaux AOC

Get Set For The Next Twitter Tasting - Wine n°1 Château Bonnet Réserve, Bordeaux AOC | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Château Bonnet Réserve will be the first wine of our next Twitter tasting, which will take place on Friday, November 16th. This time, we’ll be tasting six red wines, one Bordeaux AOC and five Bordeaux Supérieurs.

 

Château Bonnet Réserve is a Bordeaux AOC produced by the legendary André Lurton. Retailing in the States for about $12, it’s 50% Merlot and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, and was awarded a Bronze Medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition.

 

Great for pairing with poultry as well as red meat, as recommended in the March 2012 edition of Family Circle Magazine (see below):

http://www.familycircle.com/recipes/healthy-eating/family-dinners/healthy-ethnic-food/#page=11

 

The article mentions the 2007 Château Bonnet, but we’ll be tasting the 2009, which is more structured and voluptuous, with velvety red fruit and a touch of fresh mint.

 

http://www.andrelurton.com/index.php?langue=en

 

Stay tuned for more info on the other wines, and see you on November 16th!

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Budget Bordeaux "World-class wine for less" via Ted Scheffler @Critic1

Budget Bordeaux "World-class wine for less" via Ted Scheffler @Critic1 | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

From Ted Scheffler at cityweekly.net:

A good inexpensive Bordeaux from the Bordeaux appellation I’ve been enjoying is 2010 Château Blouin ($10.75). This is a solid, entry-level Bordeaux, made by a family-owned Right Bank Bordeaux producer: a medium-bodied Merlot/Cabernet Franc blend, but with lots of depth for $11, soft and smooth and showing dark cherry notes. This could easily become my house Bordeaux for the year.

 

From the importer, P.R. Grisley Co:

Good news Utah, we’ve recently added some great new wines, all of which are easy on the wallet, as well as the palate! All the wines are available at the Wine Store on 280 West, Harris Ave. (1605 South) in Salt Lake, with more stores adding the wines to their inventory soon. The first two are both fantastic red wines from Bordeaux- the 2010 Chateau du Juge (#918196 – $11.99 Retail), which shows wonderful red fruits, cassis, and is well balanced with velvety tannins.

 

The second, the Chateau Blouin (#918197 – $10.65), which definitely over delivers for the price- fresh red fruit, soft tannins, and a more “modern” approach to Bordelais winemaking- this is a perfect everyday wine!

http://prgrisley.com/tag/chateau-blouin/


Via Regis Chaigne
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Planet Bordeaux II: More French wine you can afford - The Wine Curmudgeon

Planet Bordeaux II: More French wine you can afford - The Wine Curmudgeon | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it
Anyone who says the French don’t understand social media or the importance of cheap wine need to note the Planet Bordeaux promotion that has been going on for the past couple of years. Almost all of the wines I’ve tasted...
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Chateau de Macard, Bordeaux Supérieur 2009 Red wine | New Hampshire Wine-man

Chateau de Macard, Bordeaux Supérieur 2009 Red wine | New Hampshire Wine-man | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Chateau de Macard, Bordeaux Supérieur 2009 Red wine, $11.89-$15.99.

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Chateau Bonnet 2009 Bordeaux | New Hampshire Wine-man

Chateau Bonnet 2009 Bordeaux | New Hampshire Wine-man | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Chateau Bonnet 2009 Bordeaux, $13.99-$15.99, 89 points, is deep-red in color, marked by a toasty aroma with plum notes. If you're thinking "red-wine for dinner", then this one will do fine.

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Kevin Zraly & Jacques Dupont Honored | Planet Bordeaux

Kevin Zraly & Jacques Dupont Honored | Planet Bordeaux | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it
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Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superieur Wines-What are they really? Great News from Grape News Importing

Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superieur Wines-What are they really? Great News from Grape News Importing | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Bordeaux is probably the world's largest wine producing region, and among many of the oldest, with over 12,000 producers. The region itself has over 25 different appellations, most referring to a specific and geographically defined area that offers unique soils, microclimate and sun exposure. However there are two appellations that are often confusing for the average consumer and they are "Bordeaux" and "Bordeaux Superieur". These are not specific appellations like the Cotes de Bourg, or St. Emilion, but appellations that encompass the entire region.

If a producer grows grapes anywhere within the Bordeaux wine region, and then produces wine from those grapes, the wine can be labelled as Bordeaux. This includes negociants (wine brokers) and anyone who purchases grapes and/or finished wines and bottles them. Thus the range of production can be enormous from a bottling of 5000 to 500,000 bottles, and quality ranging from basic industrially produced wines to good basic wine offering good value.

How is the consumer to know from what he/she finds on the shelf? Difficult question indeed. However, here is something you can use everyday.

Look more for Bordeaux wines displaying the appellation "Bordeaux Superieur". Why you ask? What is the difference? Is the wine actually superior to those labelled "Bordeaux" and does it warrant the few dollars more in price? The short and simple answer is yes!

Wines offered for consideration for the Bordeaux Superieur appellation are judged by a juried panel from submitted samples and must meet the same criteria as "Bordeaux" wines, and additionally show superb ripeness (meaning that the wine must reach 12% alcohol by volume from entirely natural grape sugars; inferior or less ripe grapes require added sugar to reach 12%) in addition to a quality level that would merit aging for a number of years, to warrant the granting of this appellation.

From an importer's point of view (read: Grape News Importing), the Bordeaux Superieur appellation is a great source of wonderful and very affordable wines ($12-16), but the search can be long, evaluating many wines that are fine, but don't meet my severe criteria for wines that represent the efforts of winemakers that are true artisans. I represent 3 different properties that make truly superior wines in the appellation of Bordeaux Superieur and you will read about them this week as I make my rounds.

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Sex? Or Death? Oh, And Rare Monbazillac (Chateau Bonnet Recent Releases) | 1 Wine Dude

Sex? Or Death? Oh, And Rare Monbazillac (Chateau Bonnet Recent Releases) | 1 Wine Dude | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

Joe Roberts, aka the notorious 1WineDude, recounts his recent visit and tasting at Château Bonnet on Bordeaux's Right Bank, in the company of The Master himself, André Lurton, and his daughter, Denise Moulle.

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Organic wine farming in Bordeaux | Vinogusto Blog

Organic wine farming in Bordeaux | Vinogusto Blog | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it
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Affordable White & Red Bordeaux Wine Tasting This Saturday, Nov. 10th! : Wine Market | Memphis Wine Store

Affordable White & Red Bordeaux Wine Tasting This Saturday, Nov. 10th! : Wine Market | Memphis Wine Store | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

If you're in Memphis, Tennessee this week end, please stop by the Wine Market (4734 Spottswood Ave) on Saturday, November 10th, between 11 and 7 to taste four of their favorite Bordeaux – two white and two red, all of which are affordable classics to keep on hand during the holiday season.

 

http://www.winemarketmemphis.com/

 

 

 

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Wine of the week: Chateau Saint-Florin 2011 - The Wine Curmudgeon

Wine of the week: Chateau Saint-Florin 2011 - The Wine Curmudgeon | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it

What makes this French white blend interesting is that there doesn’t seem to be anything interesting about it. It doesn’t have a cute label, no one wrote glowing prose about it, and there isn’t a hip and with it QR code...

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Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines - Spittoon.biz

Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines - Spittoon.biz | Planet Bordeaux - The Heart & Soul of Bordeaux | Scoop.it
Does Japanese Food and Bordeaux Wines accompany each other? A report on a tasting of value and flavour packed wines with delicious Japanese cuisine.
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