Bordeaux Wine is well represented, attainable and affordable here in the States By Steve V. Rodriguez

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The view from 4 World Trade Center

“Bordeaux Under One Roof” took place on Thursday, November 21st at the brand new 4 World Trade Center building on the scenic 54th Floor. This

Chateau Du Plantier, 2011

Chateau Du Plantier, 2011

is the first event held in the space that is wall to wall windows facing Brooklyn and Manhattan. Across the street stood the newly iconic Freedom Tower that truly is spectacular and empowering up close and personal. What better event to hold in this new venue, than a tasting of the wines of Bordeaux, that are affordably priced, accessible here in the city and by far taste great. The Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB) had a mission of presenting to the trade and consumers, wines from Bordeaux that are available here in the States and priced from as low as $10,  to as high as $55. After having just visited Bordeaux recently, I’m aware that the perception of Bordeaux,  is that wines are expensive and  primarily only consumed by the people of China. Read my article on “Red Obsession”.

Most of the wines present covered the gamut from the left and right banks of Bordeaux. Wines from the Medoc region and St. Emillion were superb. Many of the Chateau’s of Bordeaux were also present, but none of the super power houses, like Lafite were pouring, which really helped change the perception that the wines of Bordeaux can be accessible and be good.

Below you’ll see a list of the wines I tasted that are available here in the states and are affordable. I recommend trying WineSearcher.com to find these wines in your local wine stores. In some cases you may have to travel a bit to find these wines, but they are worth the trek for truly good wine. Visit www.Bordeaux.com

  1. Reserve de Sours – Sparkling: 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon – $20 – This was the only sparkling wine to taste and quite frankly that’s all they needed. It was truly sublime and I can’t wait to stock up on this vibrant sparkling rose.
  2. Chateau Du Plantier, 2011 – 60% Sauvignon Blanc, 40% Semillon – $12 – I loved the minerality and brightness of this wine!
  3. Chateau Lamothe, 2009 – 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Franc, 25 Petit Verdot – $17.99
  4. Chateau La Grange Clinet, 2010 – 56% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc – $13.99 – Nice spice and smooth wine
  5. Chateau Puy-Blanquet, 2010 – 75% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon – $20
  6. Chateau de Bensse, 2009 – 50% Merlot, 50% Cabernet Sauvignon – $18 – Loved this balanced wine from the Medoc region
  7. Chateau De Sours, 2010 – 85% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon – $20
  8. Chateau Tour Seran, 2010 – 65%Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 10% Verdot – $54 – Loved this complex wine that will only age well and continue to release it’s hidden flavors.

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  1. Pepe says:

    Vivian,
    I want your job.
    You will have to try the Livermore valley wines.
    If you find yourself in the area, look me up. We can take a tour. You may be pleasantly surprised.
    Cheers!