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Winery of the Month

September Wine REgion of the month: Bordeaux

With the holidays just around the corner, what better time to explore and taste the great wines of Bordeaux. The vines of Bordeaux have existed for at least two thousand years thanks to the Romans (speculation exists that earlier plantings by the ancient Greeks and Phoenicians may pre-date the Romans). The 2nd millennium ushered in the era of British domination of the “claret” region, a word that is still used to today to refer to red Bordeaux wine. Unlike most of the other French wine regions, wine in Bordeaux was developed by merchants, while in other parts of France, wine was under the power of monks. This would eventually change in the violent aftermath of the French revolution when vineyard plots were designated back to “les peuple de France”. Intriguing that such a bloody past would cultivate arguably the most famous wine growing region on the planet, and one of the most expensive. Bordeaux, however, need not be expensive to enjoy its heavenly pleasures, as these wines are offered at very affordable prices. So sit back and imagine yourself in some quiet cafe du Paris while quaffing on a delectable Bordeaux. A la votre!

Graville Lacoste Graves Blanc 2017

suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM SPecial $16.99

Graville-Lacoste produces this Bordeaux Blanc, known primarily for its stony soil composition and fresh minerality, with high proportions of Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and a splash of Muscadelle. This creates a rich, full, aromatic mid-palate to complement the clean finish with a mouthfeel of flavors such as grapefruit, kiwi and hints of freshly cut grass. There could be no better way to enjoy this crisp, invigorating white than with a platter of fresh seafood. Raw oysters, fresh shrimp, clams, scallops, crab and lobster. If you want to try a Bordelais specialty, serve these ice-cold, briny sea creatures (Fruits du Mer) alongside smoky, hot-off-the-grill sausage and a crusty baguette.

Cht David Beaulieu Bordeaux 2016

suggested retail $9.99 – WOTM Special $11.99

In the districts of Galgon and Villegouge on the right bank of Garonne river, the estate has been in the hands of the family Duporge since 1910. This is a classic Bordeaux wine which exhibits all the characteristics that make Bordeaux world famous. The Merlot brings soft round summer fruits and the Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc add structure and complexity. The color is deep ruby red with tints of purple and the nose has delightful aromas of soft ripe summer fruits. In the mouth the wine is round and generous with long lasting flavors of blackcurrants and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Pair this gem with your favorite cuts of steak, grilled sausage, Wagyu burgers.

La Croix Mouton Bordeaux Superieur

suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM Special $16.99
88-90 points Robert Parker 2016

This Bordeaux Superieur vineyard is planted to Merlot and Cabernet Franc and aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 9 months before bottling. It offers an attractive, perfumed, floral bouquet with crushed violet petals infused with ripe black cherry and cassis fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with rich black fruit and tantalizing acidity towards the fresh finish. Best paired with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised and grilled dishes.

Cht David Beaulieu Bordeaux 2016

suggested retail $11.99 – WOTM Special $9.99

This Chardonnay underwent classic Burgundian methods which involve barrel fermentation and ageing followed by further aging in tank to harmonize oak flavors. The fruit aromas are of lemon and apple with added spice aromatics that lean toward cinnamon and cedar. There’s a bit of honeycomb and a smoked almond note, as well. Enticing minerality is present on the finish, which brings a delicious harmony to this beauty. Match with our poultry sausage, stuffed chicken and prosciutto wrapped melon.

Château Beaumont, Cru Bourgeois Haut-Médoc 2016

suggested retail $21.99 – WOTM Special $19.99
92 points Editors’ Choice Wine Enthusiast

This 300-acre estate has produced a structured wine. The blend is typically Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with small amounts of Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. A full-bodied wine, dense tannins and a rich texture gives this wine intensity and concentration as it matures. It is balanced with the dark berry and chocolate characteristics on the tantalizing finish.

Cap de Faugeres Castillon Côtes de Bordeaux

suggested retail $21.99 – WOTM Special $19.99
91 points Decanter magazine 2016

Aromatics of plums, blackberry pie and black raspberries with touches of sautéed herbs. Medium-bodied with a velvety texture and good core of black fruits, it finishes on a long-lasting earthy note. The 46-hectare estate profits from a terroir with a clay-limestone hill, thus adding some mouthwatering minerality. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels composed primarily of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cht Grillon Sauternes 2016

suggested retail $23.99 – WOTM Special $19.99
91 points Decanter magazine 2016

Château Grillon is located in Barsac, close to the Ciron river, and benefits grape varieties utilized, specifically Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle. This impressive wine has great intensity while the acidity mingles with its botrytis (also known as “noble rot,” a beneficial mold that grows on ripe wine grapes in the vineyard under specific climatic conditions) core. It will become more delicious as it matures. Delicious flavors of candied fruits and dried apricots hit your palate while the restraint on the residual sugar allows room for a citrus acidity to come through on the finish. Serve chilled as an aperitif, with foie gras, firm cheeses and savory desserts.

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