Bordeaux Under $20

It is Labor Day weekend, and what better thing to do than to contemplate the value of these hard working Reds from Bordeaux.  There are worst ways to spend a holiday.  Here is some of our current stock.

2016 Château Andriet Élevé en Fût de Chêne  $12
88% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon
A great entry level Bordeaux hits all the right buttons at a great price.
Was $15 now $12

2018 Château Platon Bordeaux Rouge  $13
65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Malbec
The vineyard lies on a plateau which is one of the highest points in the Entre-deux-Mers and has an excellent exposition.  The average age of the vines is 40 years and the plant density is 5,000 per hectare.   A classic entry Bordeaux.

2016 Sichel Sirius Bordeaux  $15
60% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon
Seriously, the Sirius has toasted notes and jammy fruit.  Ample-bodied  and  succulent,  it  offers  outstanding  balance  with  elegant  tannins,  abundant,  delicious  fruit  and creamily smooth extract with a lingering finish.

2016 Saint-Jacques de Siran, Bordeaux Supérieur   $15
Château Siran dates back to 1428.  At one point in time, it was owned the grandparents of the famous French painter,  Toulouse Lautrec. Their Saint-Jacques cuvée is sourced from a plot adjacent to their Margaux holdings, but outside that appellation and hence much more affordable. This wine is smooth, rich, and beautifully structured.

2016 Château Argadens Bordeaux Superieur  $17
63% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
The complex and expressive bouquet is a harmonious mixture of dark red fruits aromas and very elegant oaky notes. It is a crisp and sappy wine which offers sweetness and richness on the palate.

2014 Château Lagrange Lussac St. Emilion  $17
The nose is expressive, fresh, with notes of fruit and wood. The mouth is full, structured, on persistent woody notes.

2014 Château Lalande de Gravelong, Médoc  $17
50% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Cabernet Franc
The vineyards of Lalande de Gravelong are made up of 30-year-old vines planted on it gravel clay soil. The wine has aromas of ripe red fruits, plum and black cherry. Deep and fresh flavors of ripe plum, fruitcake, and black cherries are highlighted by notes of cedar and spice that accent its rich texture and well-integrated tannins.

2009 Château Castegens Grand Bordeaux  $16
80% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc
A good everyday Bordeaux with some age on it.  The Château overlooks the Dordogne valley above the village of Castillon-la-Bataille, adjacent to its prestigious neighbor Saint Emilion, only 8 km away.  Notes of ripe fruit and berries (cherries, red and black currants), supplemented with mineral nuances, shades of sweet spices (licorice, cinnamon) and subtle smoky intonations.  Well balanced, juicy, soft fruit flavor with a pleasant hint of vanilla and a long spicy finish.

2007 Chateau Carignan, Cotes De Bordeaux   $18
65% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc
This aged Bordeaux makes a comeback and take a final bow.  A chance to get a developed Bordeaux at a good price.  Was $21 now $18

2015 Château De Roques Puysseguin St Emilion  $19
70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc
Château de Roques remains under the ownership of the Sublett family after 200 years. This wine was released from the cellars deep beneath the Château and its already drinking beautifully – the elegance and complexity are evident, delivering rich red berry fruit integrated with the perfect amount of oak influence.

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