Château de Brondeau Red Bordeaux Blend Bordeaux Supérieur 2005
Château de Brondeau, situated on the edge of the Dordogne near to Libourne, has belonged to the Audy family for more than a century. This magnificent estate is blessed with a beautiful 18th century residence and 10 hectares full of vines. Since 2001, numerous investments have been made to renovate warehouses and replant vines. An extra 5 hectares were acquired which allow the estate to achieve a good level of production, increasing the estate's size to around 15 hectares. Consisting of 80% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon planted on alluvium ground at high density (6,600 vine plants per hectare), the vineyard is run according to traditional methods with selective weeding so as to ensure the richness of the terroir. Cluster thinning and leaf removal are carried out when necessary so as to keep quantity in line with quality.
I have a new favorite potential 'house wine'. It would be Chateau de Brondeau. It belongs to the Bordeaux Superieur AC, which made me expect to taste something with a higher alcohol content. I poured and got a darker ruby color than I've seen in the past couple bottles I've had from the same region. This was just enjoyable all around. The strong concentration of cherries and blackberry fruits in the beginning, the pleasant but undeniable acidity, tannins, then the lingering finish. At less than $15, its a great one to have stocked up in your cellar for a 'house wine'. An internet check shows that this wine is in the short wine recommendation list of the highly regarded "The Butcher Shop" in Boston and sells for $12/glass. Can you say 'highway robbery'? Love this!... hubby had to stop me and remind me that we have a 1 glass/day rule when I reached in for glass #2.