Last night, Chris and I had two wine-loving friends over, Adrian and Pamela for the SuperBowl. Why not use it as an excuse to compare 2 wines? Congrats Pats fans out there!
Bordeaux, hub of the famed wine-growing region, is a port city on the Garonne River in southwestern France. It’s known for its Gothic Cathédrale Saint-André, 18th- to 19th-century mansions and notable art museums such as the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux. Public gardens line the curving river quays. The grand Place de la Bourse, centered on the Three Graces fountain, overlooks the Miroir d’Eau reflecting pool.
Bordeaux is any wine grown in the largest wine-growing area of France. Average vintages produce over 700 million bottles of Bordeaux wine, ranging from large quantities of everyday table wine, to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world. The vast majority of wine produced in Bordeaux is red, with sweet white wines (most notably Sauternes), dry whites, and (in much smaller quantities) rosé and sparkling wines (Crémant de Bordeaux) collectively making up the remainder. Bordeaux wine is made by more than 8,500 producers and there are 54 appelations. No need to try all 54, as we are going to try out just 2 tonight.
For quite some time, a friend named Debby, had insisted upon the Grand Vin Bordeaux Chateau de Seguin 2014. I found this bottle for roughly $11USD at my Trader Joe’s in Charlotte, NC. Tasting Notes: Intense young garnet. Pleasant nose of sour cherry, plum and blackcurrant with a spice touch. Supple, fresh, easy-drinking palate. Delightful aromas supported by lightweight substance and refined tannins. Subtle ageing aromas.
To make sure my girls did not know which wine was which for unbiased tasting, I served this first. Their initial impressions were that of easy to drink and light enough to polish off a bottle on their own during the course of a long night. Good enough for me to serve when having guests over and will keep in the cellar!
Up next: Chateau Saint Sulpice 2014 for roughly the same price. Tasting Notes: Blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine is vinified as if it were a “classified growth”. This approach emphasizes the natural red fruit characters. The wine exhibits black cherry, spice and plum notes, with great depth and balance.” ~winery notes. Watch out when it has been sitting in a decanter for an hour. You just might fall in love.
For my personal drinking stash, I will be keeping this one instead. It is heavier, but drinks/tastes like a higher price point. Why do you ask that there are solo cups in the pic too? Well for Fireball Shots of course 😉
Always practice safe drinking!