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Good value in Bordeaux


Jenn and I tasted through several value recommendations from Phil and John at MacArthur Beverages. At the budget end you cannot go wrong with the 2016 Chateau Croix-Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur or 2015 Chateau Camino Salva, Haut-Medoc. The Croix-Mouton is fresh, somewhat herbaceous with a slightly juicy core of fruit. It has balance. The Camino Salva offers a touch more fruit and fat with a saline aspect that I like. You should drink both of these wines over the next few years.  The 2015 Les Brulieres de Beychevelle, Haut-Medoc is more expensive but finer with creamy blue fruit and a juicy spiced finish. There are no coarse edges in this bottle. Jenn remarked on her enjoyment several times.

2016 Chateau Croix-Mouton, Bordeaux Superieur – $17
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 14%. Bright with an herbaceous edge and spine of acidity. There are fresh flavors of black and red fruit supported by ripe, herbaceous tannins in the form of modest structure. It needs half an hour to an hour of air before it shows best, offering a fresh, slightly juicy core of fruit and grip. ** Now – 2022.

2015 Chateau Tour St Bonnet, Medoc – $20
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. This wine is a blend of 65% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Petit Verdot. Alcohol 13.5%. An herbaceous nose. This is a bright wine has bright fruit, bright acidity, and dry flavor through the solid aftertaste. There is some grip and mouthfeel from the slight structure. Lurking underneath are blue fruits and cassis. ** Now – 2022.

2015 Chateau Camino Salva, Haut-Medoc – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 13.5%. Black fruit, greenhouse, and vanilla are delivered with almost crisp acidity. With air this improves, offering modest density to the flavor of cassis. It shows a slightly saline and savory edge that I find attractive. The freshness coupled with modest structure and fat should make for a good drink over the next several years. **(*) Now – 2023

2015 Les Brulieres de Beychevelle, Haut-Medoc – $25
Imported by MacArthur Liquors. Alcohol 13.5%. A fine nose. In the mouth are weighty, almost creamy flavors of blue fruit and cinnamon before the juicy, baking spiced finish. The cool fruit flavors are of blue and black berries, though it becomes more black with air. A finely flavored wine carried by watering acidity into the modestly grip at the end. Closely played right now, but will open up over the next year or two. *** Now – 2025.

A Pair of Affordable Bordeaux from 2009

It has been a few months since we last drank an 2009 Bordeaux so the recent arrival of these two selections was reason enough to pull some corks.  Both Chateau Roland La Garde and Chateau Feret-Lambert are new to me.  This week we tasted both of these wines over a period of two nights.  The Chateau Roland La Garde is fresh with red berries and could stand a few years to finish integrating but I doubt it will gain complexity.  It is more for short-term consumption.  The Chateau Feret-Lambert is fruit-forward with an appealing lushness along with a structure to develop for a few years.  It should appeal to many.  These wines are available at MacArthur Beverages.

2009 Chateau Roland La Garde, Tradition, Premieres Cotes de Blaye – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 67% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 26 hectare vineyard on soils of clay and limestone.  It is fermented in stainless steel and concrete vats and aged in stainless steel vats.  Alcohol 14%.  The color is a light to medium ruby.  The light nose reveals tangy berries.  In the mouth there is concentrated red fruit, a little brightness, lots of fresh acidity, and an almost pebbly texture.  There are drying flavors and still some tannins which have yet to integrate.  ** 2014-2018.

2009 Chateau Feret-Lambert, Bordeaux Superieur – $15
Imported by MacArthur Liquors.  This wine is a blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 13 hectare vineyard on soils of clay and limestone on fossilized limestone bedrock.  The fruit is fermented in stainless steel and cement vats, followed by some malolactic fermentation in barrique.  It was then aged 12-14 months in French oak barrels.  Alcohol 14.5%.  The color is a medium purple ruby.  The light nose reveals a hint of vanilla and lightly jammy fruit.  In the mouth there is blue fruit, light gentle spice, decent acidity, and lifted red fruit.  It puts on some weight with air with more blue fruit, spice, and graphite as the flavors tighten up a bit in the finish.  There is more controlled, ripe fruit.  This medium bodied wine is balanced all around with some wood tannins in its structure.  ** Now-2019.