Affordable Elegance-Côtes de Bordeaux

{Wines provided as media samples. I received no other compensation. Thoughts, opinions are my own.}

You’re having a party for 30 of your closest friends. They know you’re a wine lover. You know you’re a wine lover. You want to provide wines that will impress but not break the bank. You need elegant wine at Monday wine prices. Look at Côtes de Bordeax.

The region skirts the legendary Bordeaux region and consists of five appellations: Blaye, Cadillac, Castillon, Francs and Sainte-Foy. Located on the hillsides (côtes) of the right banks of the Garonne and Dordogne rivers with clay, sand and limestone soils. The blends are Merlot dominant making them versatile, with ripe fruit and gentle tannins. Each wine is rounded out with a combination of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, some Malbec. The oak treatment varies from stainless to new oak.

I recently sampled five from the region and was equally impressed with every bottle. The fruit was present and ranged from red to black to blue. Some floral, some pepper, some spice. These wines are balanced, great mouthfeel, and easy to pair or drink alone. Just what you want for your holiday party. And with price points from $15-19, they won’t break the budget.

Chateau Gigault Cuvée Viva Traditionnelle 2015, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux-A range of red-blue fruit, anise, violet, round mouthfeel ($19) 90% Merlot, 5 % CF and CS, a third ferments in new oak.
Chateau Lamothe de Haux 2015, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux ($15)-Fresh red cherries, great balance, easy sipping red. 60% Merlot, 30% CS, 10% CF, aged in stainless.
Chateau Hyot 2015, Castillon  Côtes de Bordeaux ($15)-Fruit and spice and everything nice. 70% Merlot, 20% CF, 10% CS, in oak 20 months.
Chateau Puygueraud 2015, Francs Côtes de Bordeaux ($18)-Black cherry and soft, earthy spice. 80% Merlot, 15% CF, 5% Malbec,an almost equal split between new oak, 1-year-old, and two-year old barrels.
Chateau Couronneau 2015, Sainte-Foy Côtes de Bordeaux($19)-Chewy dark fruit, sweet vanilla, floral and chalky tannins. 60% Merlot, 40% CS, aged in stainless and terra-cotta vats.
Many thanks to Teuwen communications for providing the samples.

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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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