With Easter looming large on the Horizon, many of us will be thinking of serving the traditional roast leg of spring Lamb, and the classic partner of red Bordeaux to serve alongside it.
So, it is very apt, that we have our spring Bordeaux parcels promotion running, of course buying Bordeaux can seem daunting for some, so to help de-mystify the region, I have laid out a few simple tips below.
The first point of note is that all Bordeaux wines from entry-level right up to some most of the world’s most expensive wines are made from a blend of two or more varieties, primarily Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Cabernet Franc.
Also, the region is bisected by the Gironde River, and indeed you may have heard Bordeaux wines referred to as right or left bank.
On the left bank, Cabernet Sauvignon is king, these wines have more structure and tannin, with dark blackcurrant and blackberry fruit and can possess tremendous ageing potential.
On the right bank, the Merlot-dominant blends are generally softer and more approachable in their youth with layers of chocolate, spice, plum and red berry fruit.
As you can see from the map below, with the ten wines chosen, we have covered a wide geographic spread with our Bordeaux line-up, so we also have a wide range of wine styles represented.
To give you a sense of the promotion, I have picked out a few of my favourites below.
If you really learn more about Bordeaux though, in my opinion tasting is far more enjoyable than reading, so why not start out by trying one of the wines below, all of which have 20% off this March & April, and for this weekend, all O’Briens stores will have Bordeaux on their tasting tables.
From the Left Bank:
My first choice is from Pauillac-based Château Lynch-Moussas, the excellent 2nd wine Les Hauts de Lynch Moussas (€28.95 down to €23.15) has benefited from the meteoric upwards rise of the whole estate. It shows all the hallmarks of Pauillac with intense cassis and a graphite like spice and a touch of oak.
Moving to the south of the Medoc and the Moulis commune, Château Poujeaux (€48.00 down to €38.40) is a wine with intense sweet black fruits with aromas of violets and tobacco while the palate with enough youthful tannin to suggest it will age.
From the Right Bank:
I have chosen two wines to highlight the shift towards organic and biodynamic
Château Haut Brisson was certified organic in 2010. They are now farming more of their estate using biodynamic farming techniques. Their 2nd wine, La Grave (€26.95 down to €21.95) is a classic Saint-Émilion Grand Cru; plummy, rounded in texture with plenty of ripe black and red berried fruit all topped off with well-integrated oak.
Another Saint-Émilion Grand Cru and my final selection Château Laroze has been in the hands of the Meslin family since 1882. Today it is home to a thoroughly modern winery and although not certified, organic farming is practised at the estate. The Château’s 1st wine (€50.00 down to €40.00) has wonderfully ripe plum and blueberry fruit which is accented by notes of dark chocolate and cedar on the smooth yet well-structured palate.
*Please note, prices are correct at time of publishing, please check our website or stores for the most up to date pricing.