A Bottle of Bordeaux
Of all the wine regions in the world Bordeaux is probably the last region I dream of visiting. Give me sunny, rustic Sicily, or Spain and all that great food, or the familiarity of Niagara, even. The truth is, I'm a little afraid of Bordeaux. For some reason the wines of Bordeaux seem a mystery to me. Maybe it's the sheer volume of wine the region produces: it's the largest fine wine region in the world (ten times larger than all the regions of New Zealand). Or, it might be the classification system: there are four in Bordeaux. It's home to some of the most famous wines in the world and a host of basic, simple wines. There's just a lot to figure out when it comes to drinking wine from this part of France and it helps to know the regions and winemakers in order to get an idea of what you are putting in your glass. I'm thinking the only way around it is a trip to Bordeaux!
I recently took a leap with a bottle because it was pretty inexpensive.
And I was pleasantly surprised. It's a plush, juicy drink with rich aromas of earth, plum, cedar and liquorice. I found a little minerality perked it up on the finish, followed a tinge of something sweet and floral. A good deal for the price. Just don't drink it with sauerkraut laden cabbage rolls. Try it with a braised stew of red meat instead. Or a tian of Provencal vegetables, if that's more your thing.
If you are curious, choosing wines from Bordeaux appellations of note, as opposed to the leading appellations, can be a good place to start exploring the wines: Canon-Fronsac, Cotes de Bourg, Cotes de Castillon, Cotes de Francs, Fronsac, Listrac, Moulis. Or as in the case of this bottle, reputable producers who are making wine under the general Bordeaux and Bordeaux Superior appellations can mean some good value wines.
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