Bordeaux Wine’s Enduring Appeal

A Classic Region Shines


If you’ve been drinking wine for many years, you’ve probably noticed a dip in Bordeaux’s ubiquity. High prices and a trend towards lighter reds have put Bordeaux wine in the background for American drinkers. This actually makes it an excellent time to explore the lesser known corners of the region, and to revitalize your passion for its classic styles. To get you back into the swing of Bordeaux wine, here are some tips from sales associates Jon Miner, Josh Mizrahi, Marcarthur Baralla, Jared McGuire, and sales manager Sara Sparks.

Ch Guibeau, Puisseguin St.-Émilion $21.96

The 2015 vintage impresses me more and more with each bottle I open. This elegant example from the right bank displays aromas of cedar, earth, sweet spice, and dark plum. It has the structure to develop gorgeously over the next few years. – Jon Miner

Les Vacances de Monsieur Merlot, Peybonhomme $11.96

A classic easy-drinking French Merlot from the right bank. This Bordeaux wine is unusually light on its feet with bright plum and herbaceous earthiness. – Josh Mizrahi

Ch. du Champs des Treilles “Vin de Passion,” St. Foy Bordeaux Blanc $14.96

This equal parts Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle blend is fresh with great acidity, passion fruit notes, and seabreeze. It demonstrates the possibilities of organic winemaking in Bordeaux wonderfully! – Marcarthur Baralla

Ch. Quinault L’Enclos, St. Émilion $39.99

A pleasantly vegetal nose with dominant green and black pepper notes.  The palate abounds with fresh fruit and the finish is long and spicy. – Jared McGuire

Ch. Peybonhomme les Tours “Le Blanc Bonhomme,” White $14.96

Here’s a classic white Bordeaux wine: a 50/50 split of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The first smell reveals scents of fresh melon, woolly lanolin, hints of mustard greens, vanilla and lots of richness. Don’t fret, cleansing acidity on the finish tapers the round body of this wine. Swap for your typical full-bodied Chardonnay and see who complains. – Sara Sparks