This wine was a media sample from Balzac Communications.

A couple of months ago, I received several bottles of Bordeaux as media samples.  I have learned two things from these samples.  I had mistakenly thought that if a wine was from Bordeaux that is was 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.  I was wrong.  Bordeaux wines are actually a blend.  They can be comprised of any combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Malbec; however, all the grapes have to be grown in the Bordeaux region of France to have the Bordeaux designation.  The second thing I have learned is that these wines are typically better if decanted.  This is not meant to be negative.  Decanting wine is romantic and sensual.  It creates ambiance and sets the mood for a great evening.

 2013-03-05 18.14.27I found this Bordeaux to be dry with jammy notes and hints of plum, chocolate and oak.  Being 50% Merlot, it had a soft, pleasant finish, not too tannic.  Today’s Bordeaux is reasonably priced between $9 – $35 making it a great house wine or that special wine to serve for that special dinner or occasion.

Varietal:  50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon          Alcohol:  13.5%          Price: $10.99


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