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Bordeaux: The original red blend

Bordeaux: The original red blend | WineMadeEasy.com

When one thinks of Bordeaux often the discussion turns to price as in "can I afford this?" Actually, there are some terrific age-worthy bargains coming out of this world-famous wine region. The wines are dominated by Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, with Cabernet Franc and even Carménère and Petit Verdot in supporting roles. Here are some great values to explore.

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  1. Château L’Argenteyre Médoc

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#46746

    RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 31st Oct 2017
    Tasted at the Cru Bourgeois annual tasting, the 2015 Chateau l’Argenteyre has an attractive bouquet with blackberry, bilberry, sous bois and tobacco scents that gain intensity with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, good structure and an insistent grip on the finish that is backed up by clean and fresh fruit. I like the sturdiness of this Médoc, coupled with just the right amount of finesse. Tasted September 2017.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon

    Compare at $19.99 $14.99

    You save: $5.00 (25%)

  2. Château La Prade

    2018 / 750 ml. | Item#53106

    RP91+91–93+ pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 23rd Apr 2019
    The deep garnet-purple colored 2018 La Prade delivers pronounced baked cherries, mulberries and blackberry pie scents with nuances of rose hip tea, iron ore and fragrant earth. Full-bodied and richly fruited with loads of earth and floral sparks, it has a plush, velvety frame and provocative lift to the finish.
    SP90+90–93 pts. - Wine Spectator - Web only – 2019
    Quite ripe, with dark plum and boysenberry notes, but this is focused, offering subtle spice and tobacco hints on the finish. Tasty and should be a great value. Merlot and Cabernet Franc. 2,208 cases made.
    JS90+90–91 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Thursday, April 11, 2019
    A very accessible, almost delicate young red with blackberries and blueberries and some black-olive character. Medium body, light tannins and a fresh finish.
    VN89+89–91 pts. - Vinous - Apr 2019
    Nicolas Thienpont’s 2018 La Prade is supple, juicy and inviting. Ripe red cherry, plum, mocha, licorice and spice all run through this racy, super-expressive wine. These limestone-rich soils give a wine with notable energy, tension and aromatic lift, along with an element of tightness that needs time to resolve itself, all quite complementary in this vintage. The blend is 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc. Tasted three times.
    JD89+89–91 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - May 1, 2019
    Made from 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Franc, the 2018 Château La Prade comes from more limestone soils in the Francs region of the Côtes de Bordeaux. The property was purchased by Nicolas Thienpont in 2000, and it lies on a limestone plateau, covering around seven hectares. It offers a classy, balanced, yet structured and fresh style that’s going to benefit from short-term cellaring. Red plums, black cherries, licorice, and scorched earth all flow to a medium-bodied, elegant red that’s going to be a terrific value.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: 88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc

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    You save: $4.00 (17%)

  3. Château La Vaisinerie

    2016 / 750 ml. | Item#51935

    VN9090 pts. - Vinous - Jan 2019
    The 2016 La Vaisinerie has a subtle, complex bouquet of red berry fruit, sage, rose petals and a touch of tobacco. It just needs some coaxing from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannin and unashamedly classic in style. The classy, tobacco-tinged finish feels long and satisfying. Excellent.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: Merlot, Cabernet Franc

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    You save: $4.00 (20%)

  4. Château Damase

    2015 / 750 ml. | Item#49822

    JD9090 pts. - Jeb Dunnuck - March 15, 2018
    The deeper ruby-colored 2015 Château Damase is 85% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Carmenère. Aged 18 months in new and once-used barrels, it offers medium-bodied notes of red currants, wood smoke, tobacco, and earth. With a rounded, concentrated, balanced style and building tannin, drink it anytime over the coming 15 years.
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    Primary Grape: Merlot | All Grapes: 85% Merlot, 10% Carménère, 5% Petit Verdot

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    You save: $3.00 (15%)

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