Bordeaux for Next Gen Wine Drinkers

 


Bordeaux is an established paragon of quality, but there’s more to it than producing gorgeous wines. The region has defined trends. It evolves to accommodate shifting tastes while remaining true to its core values. Suffice it to say, with a unique combination of history, esteemed quality, and value, Bordeaux is uniquely positioned to capture next generation wine drinkers.

Last month's Back to Bordeaux trade and consumer tasting in Brooklyn, New York, was a demonstration of the region's commitment to evolution. A master class, led by Mary Gorman McAdams, MW, and featuring Sabra Lewis (Sommelier Terroir Tribeca) and Nicola Allison (of Graves' Château du Seuil), examined the role of vintage and market perception. There are about 6,800 growers in Bordeaux offering a variety of wines in different styles and price points. In the past, wine audiences have singularly focused on premium level selections from specific vintage years. These days, wine drinkers are digging deeper. Value and story are of the utmost importance. The value wines of Bordeaux are plentiful and in demand. The many family-owned wineries across Bordeaux have lots of stories to tell about the wines, too.
It’s time to embrace value Bordeaux. The wines can acknowledge the strengths of all vintages, be kind to your pocketbook, and tell a good story to boot.

Here are a few of our favorite values from St. Emilion:

Grand Moulin Macquin Montagne Saint-Emilion 2014 ($13)

Pleasant ripe and expressive cherry notes on the nose, fresh cranberry and a floral note coming through. Smooth, elegant on the palate with a bit of austere spice and a pleasant, oak note, plenty of earth and a crisp earthiness, good acidity and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit. Excellent balance and approachability.

Chateau Haut-Piquat Lussac Saint-Emilion 2014 ($15)

Dusty and dry on the nose with a light mushroom note, earthy red fruit notes of raspberry and cherry and a hint of candied berry. Restrained, delicate and textured on entry with balanced acidity, dry earth and smoky tannins adding a chewiness to the finish with notes of dark chocolate and espresso.

Chateau Vrai Canon Bouche Canon Fronsac 2014 ($24)

A touch spicy on the nose with notes of black pepper, black currant and lively heat. This is richly fruited and smoky on the palate with heady notes of dark blackberry and black currant, sticky resinous tannins throughout, good mineral notes of earth and dark plum with the tartness of young fruit, a touch of dark chocolate and a creamy finish.

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