It is inevitable that I will have a glass of wine or two with dinner during the week. It’s really nice when my mid-week wine is delicious, food-friendly, and priced under $15. This is exactly the case with 2011 Chateau La Rame Bordeaux. Chateau La Rame is among the oldest and most renowned properties in the Sainte Croix du Mont appellation of Bordeaux. The vineyards for this bottle are at the base of the hillside vineyards and are composed of sand, limestone, and clay.
A blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet from Bordeaux. 13% alcohol and retailing for around $13. For more info, visit the importer Rosenthal Wine Merchant.
Pouring a dark ruby color in the glass, this Bordeaux begins with earthy aromas of red cherries, tobacco, and spice. The palate is medium-bodied, smooth, and offers straight-forward tastes of red fruit and spice. An easy drinking, mid-week wine that will definitely help you make it to Friday!
On my way home from last week’s Return to Terroir tasting, I stopped into one of my favorite wine shops and spotted a great value I sipped at the event. Chateau Tire Pe “Diem” Bordeaux is a wine that definitely made a lasting impression on me during the tasting due to its incredible QPR. Here is a little more about this tasty Bordeaux…
100% Merlot from Bordeaux. Organic with native yeasts and minimal sulfur added. 12.5% alcohol. Retail price of around $12.
Chateau Tire Pe “Diem” Bordeaux opens with intriguing aromas of musty blackberries and spice. The palate has rich tastes of blackberries, black cherries, tobacco, and earth It’s juicy, easy to sip, and a great value. Definitely a great burger pairing!
On Friday afternoon, I joined in with other wine bloggers to try 3 wines in a tasting hosted by Planet Bordeaux and Balzac Communications. The wines featured were winners from a contest organized by the Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur Winemakers Association (also known as Planet Bordeaux). It was an online video festival titled “My Bordeaux Wine Is…”, where wine producers had both an entertaining and personal dialogue with others by sharing their wines and lives. Each wine was under $20 and 2 of the 3 were pretty awesome in my opinion! Below are my tasting notes for my two favorites!
2012 Chateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle. Delicious notes of grapefruit, white peach, and pineapple with floral nuances. Great texture and a clean, lingering finish. Would pair wonderfully with crab or oysters! ($12)
2012 Chateau Bonnet Rosé
My favorite wine of the evening. A Rosé of Cabernet and Merlot with bright tastes of cranberry and grapefruit. Beautiful acidity makes this extremely food friendly! I think this Rosé would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving table. ($15)