Bordeaux, that’s what!

Some wonderful things have been happening in the Bordeaux region of France in recent years. Since 2004, the region has enjoyed a sequence of very good vintages, culminating in the stunning 2009 and 2010 vintages. We have taken advantage of this opportunity to assemble an outstanding selection of Bordeaux reds from these years.

The region is broadly divided into the “Left Bank” of the Gironde, where intense, structured Cabernet-based blends are made, and the “Right Bank,” which produces softer, more dramatic Merlot-based wines. Bordeaux Superieur is an appellation for wines made outside of the historically-recognized subregions, although the best producers often are located right down the road from the top-ranked Chateaux of Bordeaux.

Here are some of our top picks:

Alexandre Sirech “Le Bordeaux” 2010 – Bordeaux AOC – 65% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon – $14.99
Chateau Tour de Mirambeau Rouge Reserve 2010 – Bordeaux AOC – Undisclosed Blend – $14.49
Chateau Haut-La Pereyre 2009 – Bordeaux Superieur – 55% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon – $17.99
La Grande Dame de Chateau Lavagnac 2010 – Bordeaux Superieur – 90% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc – $23.99
La Fleur de Chateau Haut-Piquat 2010 – Lussac Saint-Emilion – 100% Merlot – $34.79
Chateau Smith Haut-Lafite 2005 – Pessac-Leognan – 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc, 1% Petite Verdot – $136.99