Bordeaux may produce some of the most coveted (and expensive) wines on the planet, but the august region also yields plenty of affordable gems. Here are some of the latter, at Vintages.
Château Roquefort Blanc 2011, $14.95
A new label at the LCBO, this white Bordeaux is an 85/15 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Try it with sautéed shrimp.
Ponce notes: “At first, it hits you with a wallop of passion fruit and gooseberry. Then, the tropical flavours retreat like the French army, leaving you with beguiling notes of wheatgrass and minerals.”
Château Le Grand Moulin 2009, $16.95
A blend of 75 per cent Merlot, 20 per cent Cabernet Franc, and five per cent Malbec, this red should breathe for an hour before being served with braised brisket.
Ponce notes: “With aromas of plums, cherries, and vanilla, it’s love at first sniff. On the palate, it offers considerable complexity for the price with a long, bone-dry finish.”
Château Guibeau 2009, $17.95
From the Puisseguin-St.- Émilion appellation, this is another Merlot-based claret with a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab Franc. Open with raw-milk brie.
Ponce notes: “After a few vigorous swirls, it reveals a lovely bouquet of plums, flowers, and black licorice. A juicy red with zesty acidity and a bit of bite. Decant and enjoy, or cellar for up to five years.”