Marguerite isn’t the only person who gets to drink Bordeaux! While she got to go to the Boston Wine Expo to experience her tasting, I got to do mine in front of the fire in my own living room. I have always loved Bordeaux for their respect to tradition. Unfortunately Bordeaux wines have gotten the reputation of being expensive and frou frou and I frankly take exception to this. I have been finding good bordeaux starting at $10 in the shops that I frequent and for $20? Well, you can great wines. So don’t avoid Bordeaux just because you think you have to spend a fortune. You don’t.
Tonight, I am drinking the 2009 Axel Des Vignes Bordeaux Blanc a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grown in clay and limestone soils and produced at Les Lèves winery near Sainte-Foy-la-Grand in Gironde France. The wine was crisp with enough minerality to leave my tongue tingling (which makes me happy). It opens with a fresh burst of the Sauvignon Blanc then lingers with the butteriness of the Sémillon. Perfect for a pre-Valentine’s evening at home.
Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Planète-Bordeaux.