Cheap Bordeaux - is there such a thing?

I have just arrived back from the most intense, exciting, exhilarating and enchanting trip to Chile. What an amazing country and what amazing wines. But you will have to wait for the report since there is so much to write about, and I haven’t started!

In the meantime I was straight back in the saddle yesterday tasting through a bunch of inexpensive Bordeaux wines. I had recently noticed that my ‘cheap’ Bordeaux collection in the cellar had been ravaged by time and unconscionable, alcoholic mice. But it’s always nice to have a go-to Bordeaux that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, that drinks like a Chateau Palmer, and does the job – really well.

So Marina had set up an appointment to taste a few small gems from Bordeaux and I tagged along. I am very glad I did. This is what we finally agreed upon:

Chateau Vieux Meyney 2015

Chateau Vieux Meyney has been owned by the de Taffin family since the 1920s. It is located on a plateau and hillside in the town of Villegouge, close to the Dordogne River, just north of Fronsac, on the right bank of Bordeaux, where the Merlot grape thrives in clay-sand soils. The vineyard location and sloping terrain ensures the optimal ripening of the fruit. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks to allow it to mature rapidly for early drinking and enjoyment of the soft Merlot fruit and its enticing aromas.

Very pleasing structure to the wine. Fresh and lively but with an undercurrent of red and blue fruits. The lack of oak allows the merlot grape to shine and this lack of interference gives you a very easy, delightful quaff. No harsh edges nor ungainly acidity.

Chateau Grimard 2015

Chateau Grimard is a classic styled Bordeaux, offering a deep red-purple color, a lush bouquet, and ripe plummy-cassis fruit with good structure. It is a wine with more definition and character than most other petite chateaux, which is in part due to the excellent location of the property. It is vinified and matured in stainless steel tanks to ensure that it gives immediate pleasure at the table.

Chateau Signoret 2015

Located in the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers, Château Signoret is a family estate. The vineyard covers 11 hectares. The terroir of the estate is mainly composed of clay and limestone. It is ideally suited for the growing of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The blend of these grape varieties gives a better aged wine. But this wine is best when drunk now and for the next 2-3 years. It has a little more oomph than the previous two wines. A little more black fruit, a little more concentration. Probably better with a large meal than just a hunk of bread and cheese.

All three of these wines are ‘table wines’. They are supposed to be purchased in bulk and simply stored in some nice cool spot away from the everyday ho-hum of life. But then brought out at every opportunity and especially in a moment of peeved angst when you lean forward to turn off the rubbish that now pops up on TV at every opportunity. Did I come back to a different country?

To empower you to by these wines in bulk here is this week’s special:

Mix and match any of the 3 wines into a case (12 bottles) and pay just $12 per bottle - $144 per case

Mix and match any of the 3 wines into two cases (24 bottles) and pay just $11 per bottle - $132 per case

Mix and match any of the 3 wines into three cases (36 bottles) and pay just $10 per bottle - $132 per case.

Please send me your orders. I plan to order the wines, based on demand, this coming Monday. Wines will be delivered by Wednesday. CC details with order please.

Normal retail price per bottle is $15.00. BIG savings for the ‘yugest week of the year’ – The Donald.

All the best