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Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Smooth, Silky, and Rich

Everyday Glass is dedicated to finding the best wines money can buy for under $15 – wines that you should be proud to serve to guests or enjoy with a simple 30-minute dinner recipe. We try every wine that we sell to make sure you get only the best. This blog is a collection of our favorites.

Confessions of a young wine professional: I once was terrified of Bordeaux. It seemed expensive, old-fashioned, complicated, and too advanced for my unseasoned palate. I’m willing to bet that a lot of people feel this way.

Everything changed when I went to a Bordeaux seminar and actually tried some. I quickly saw the error of my ways, as I tried wine after wine that greatly appealed to me, most retailing for under $20. So don’t be afraid. Let’s get started.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux SuperieurA perfect entry point to the wines of Bordeaux is through Chateau Recougne’s Bordeaux Superieur. First of all, Bordeaux Superier is a classification for wines made with fruit from anywhere in Bordeaux, usually from old or special vines. This means a lower price for the consumer while the quality is maximized. Secondly, Chateau Recougne has been producing wine for over 400 years – and Robert Parker at one time called Recougne “the finest Bordeaux Superieur”. So in summary, entry-level Bordeaux made with choice grapes by a recognized producer. It’s a winning combination.

2010 Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur – Bordeaux, France ($12.99) is 78% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is full-bodied yet oh-so-smooth, showing rich and ripe flavors of black plum, black currant, and spicy oak with a finish of black fruit and mocha. It’s an approachable style of Bordeaux that drinks easy enough even to enjoy without food.

Drink this wine because:
– Freshness, ripe fruit, and tannin are all in balance.
– It shows the very best of Bordeaux under $15.
– You’ll see why Bordeaux isn’t so scary after all.

Drink up and enjoy your daily glass!

Bauer Wines

Demystifying Bordeaux

Let’s play a word association game. I say the word Bordeaux and what do you immediately say back to me.  My friends fired back with “expensive” and “wine snob.” It got me thinking about the world of wine and how certain areas are perceived. Bordeaux has been given the distinction of having some of the best terroir in the world and therefore produce the best wines at a very expensive price. This myth, however, is only partially true. Bordeaux still has the distinction of having the best terroir and the best wines, but they don’t have to be out of the average person’s league in price.
Although the elites are still around and still expensive, many have second label wines that are made with newer vines on the same terroir as their premier crus. These second label wines, unlike their expensive, older sisters, don’t have to be cellared for 10-30 years. They are meant to be enjoyed now. Of course, they are less polished, less structured and less complex but these second labels are no less drinkable.
So how do we know one of these second labels when we see them? Most often, the chateau’s name will not be on the label but the name will probably be close enough to reveal the winery. For example, I would love to buy a bottle of Chateau Lafite Rothschild from the Pauillac region of Bordeaux. But seriously, $750-$1,250 for a single bottle of wine is a little out of my price range. Instead I brought home with me Baron de Rothschild Reserve Speciale Bordeaux. With its delicate tannins, this Bordeaux is easy drinking and delicious at the affordable price of $12.99 a bottle. Ripe red fruit, especially cherry, with just a hint of vanilla from the oak made me feel like I was drinking an expensive bottle nonetheless. This 2009 Bordeaux has 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is soft, well-rounded with just enough acidity to go well with food. Roasted lamb would be my first choice but I know there are many out there that say no to lamb. So as a back-up choice I would suggest entre cote bordelaise, or in English, a steak that is topped with carmelized shallots.

Other second label wines to look out for are Bahans Haut-Brion from Chateau Haut-Brion, Les Forts de Latour from Chateau Latour, and Pavillon Rouge du Chateau Margaux from Chateau Margaux.  When I see these wines on the shelf I just grab them.  You get the name of a big Bordeaux without the price tag that goes with it.  These wines certainly take the expense and snobbery out of Bordeaux.