Big Bordeaux’s, Small Prices!

IMG_1179Bordeaux is known for their wonderful wines at steep prices. Many think the more expensive the Bordeaux the better it is, however that is not the case in today’s wine loving society. As more and more wine lovers like yourself seek to explore new wine regions, wine making styles, and culture your palate more and more, winemakers from this region are making wines affordable for everyone.

Now, this is not to say that if you are into expensive Bordeaux’s that your wine is no good, please keep aging them and buying them… Sommelier’s appreciate your business very much! However, for those who seek to drink wine from this famous and terroir driven region but do not have the funds or aging capacity in your apartment I recommend some of these.

Michael Madrigale is the Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud and Boulud Sud and introduced me to some big bordeaux’s at unbeatable prices.

Bordeaux Blanc: White Bordeaux

2014 Augey- Blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon with fresh aroma’s of citrus and apple. Just a hint of lemon grass with crisp and fruity flavors. Pair this with sushi, seafood, or a nice light pasta with chicken. This wine is very mineral driven and around $11.00/bottle.

2013 Château La Freynelle- Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon this white wine is the product of the best grapes from this Château. Limestone clay soil, nice and mineral driven with notes of white peaches and lemon zest. As it opens up in the glass aromas of grapefruit and guava stand out. This wine is fun, bright, and crisp and great for daytime sipping! $13.00/bottle

2014 Château Lamothe de Haux- Sauv. Blanc with some Sémillon and Muscadelle this one is bright and floral (from the muscadelle) with a crisp and long finish! The world needs more wine like these…and it goes beautifully with Duck Egg Rolls! $10.00/bottle

IMG_1184Bordeaux Rogue: Red Bordeaux

2012 Château de Camarsac- Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc for $20.00/bottle this beautiful red is round with lots of chocolate notes. Some pepper is noticeable and you even get some bacon notes from the oak used!

2013 Château Trucard- Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, spicy with a lot of red fruit, this full bodied and toasty wine has some nice forest overtones with a fruity finish. For $12.00/bottle it’s a steal!

2010 Château L’Isle Fort Bordeaux Supérieur- Merlot, Cab. Sauv, and Cab. Franc with aromas of spice and black fruit with a jammy finish and beautiful balanced acidity. $16.99/bottle.

2010 Château Recougne Bordeaux Supérieur- Merlot, Cab. Sauv, and Cab. Franc this berry forward wine is light but spicy with chewy tannins. $15.00/bottle.

If you’re interested in trying some really fantastic Bordeaux wines at unbeatable prices, head to Bar Boulud and have Michael walk you through Planet Bordeaux… you will be amazed at what you will taste!

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

NYC's newest Food and Wine Personality! Sara is a Sommelier and Private Chef with a passion for food, beverage, travel, and luxury. "Real Pairings For Real People" bringing you the best in food, booze, travel, and lifestyle!

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