Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Inexpensive Bordeaux?

Seems like an oxymoron, but it's not. There are inexpensive Bordeaux out there, but you really have to hunt for them. One example is the 2001 Chateau DeLord, a Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux brought into Seattle by Youngs-Columbia and purchased by me a few years ago at QFC for $12. Premieres Cotes de Bordeaux, fortunately, is a fairly obscure sub-region of Bordeaux which keeps the price down. The reds here tend to be dark and fairly big. This one certainly was. Dark rich red in color with a nose of black fruit, asparagus, mushrooms and forest floor. Slightly tart cherry flavors balanced with good structured. This wine aged well and could have been one for Ryan's cellar. Incredible for the price! This wine had character, a complex nose, good flavors with balancing tannins and acid. Not subtle or refined, but amazingly good with red meat. Yes, Virginia, there are good inexpensive Bordeaux, you just won't necessarily find them in the Wine Spectator.

1 Comments:

  • At 3:32 PM, Blogger Klaus said…

    I like to know the exact blend of grapes in that Chateau Delord vine of 2003. A very good vine with a rating of 82.

     

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