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 just launched our spring Bordeaux parcels promotion, 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 dozen 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 April & May.
From the Left Bank:
Château Fourcas Hosten (€23.95 down from €29.95) excelled in 2009, so expect ripe dark fruits, some classic Medoc lead pencil spice, a touch of oak vanilla and seamless tannins.
Château du Glana 2013 (€32.00 down from €40.00) shows an interesting mix of black fruits, cherry and plum plus the typical aroma of Saint-Julien wines, tobacco leaf, with some tannin on the palate.
From the Right Bank:
Château Haut-Badon 2012 (€19.95 down from €24.95) is a beautiful Saint-Émilion Grand Cru that immediately displays the charm that makes Saint-Émilion the easiest to love of all Bordeaux wine.
Château Franc Maillet 2011(€34.35 down from €42.95) is from a family-owned estate which always delivers a classic expression of the Pomerol terroir, with deep raspberry, plum and black cherry flavours, undercut by some subtle spice and smoke. The tannins are ripe and fine.
To launch this promotion, we will have a selection of Bordeaux wines open on the tasting table in your local O’Briens store this weekend, so why not pop in, and try before you buy.