One of the most wonderful aspects of the world of wine is surprise. Bordeaux is one of the most famous and respected appellations in the world. Heck. People who never drink wine but shop for Coach handbags know "Bordeaux" as a mesmerizing shade of red suede - carnal and tactile. And like Coach handbags, "Bordeaux" has a connotation of super spendy.
I recently received samples from the wonderful Planet Bordeaux that forced me to rethink my opinions of Bordeaux as either north of $90 or not tasty. Ha! The folks at Planet Bordeaux sent me many choices under $20 that are delicious and still expressive of the classic Bordeaux character.
Here are three of my favorites. If you find them, buy them:
Chateau Lamothe de Haux 2011: Wonderful white wine made from 40% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillion and 20% Muscadelle. Lovely refreshing white with a lot of citrus in the nose and flavors. It drank like a Sauvvy B. Three generations of women know what girls like---girls like wine. It sounds like a great place to visit. At $13, a great value
Chateau Suau 2011 Bordeaux Rose: Monique Bonnet, who bought the the Chateau in 1986 produces a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon rose. A beautiful 80's fashion hot pink, it had great flavors and aromas and made a cold winter Sunday with friends seem sunnier. $10. We paired it with Arizmendi pizza and were thrilled with the combination
Chateau Plaisance 2009 Bordeaux Superieur Rouge: The vineyard overlooks the Gironde river and sits at the border of the famous Margaux appellation. This wine is a delicious blend of 70% Merlot 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petit Verdot. The result is dark and luscious with a continental flair. We liked it very much. And for $11, what a deal!
Bottom line, these wines are drinking well right now. Consider Bordeaux Superieur for your Wine Armchair adventures. It's not just for guys named Claude and their smoking jackets, but rather can brighten your winter with tasty food friendly libations that are as easy on your pocketbook as they are to drink.
I received these wines as samples