(This is a reblog from Bottlenotes.)
When it comes to choosing wine for the holidays, look no further than Bordeaux. But with so many great and affordable Bordeaux wines available this holiday season, it can be hard to choose.. That’s why we’re calling in an expert.Patrick Cappiello, Wine Director at New York City’s Pearl & Ash, to share his 6 top picks for festive Bordeaux wines under $30.
CHÂTEAU BOIS PERTUIS 2012(Bordeaux, France)
“This classic red is beautifully balanced, with aromatics of black cherry and scorched earth.” This easy-drinking red wine will make a great introductory bottle for the wine novices in your life.
CHÂTEAU ROBIN, 2010, Castillon-Côtes de Bordeaux (Bordeaux, France)
“This small château produces some of the best wines in the appellation.” Sip this friendly Merlot-based blend on its own, or pair with anything from prime rib to roast turkey.
CHÂTEAU MALENGIN, 2009, Montagne-Saint-Émilion (Bordeaux, France)
“These mountain vineyards planted with Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon provide rich, dark fruit-driven wines.” With notes of cocoa and candied fruit, this smooth red will make any holiday gathering cozy.
CHÂTEAU BONNET, 2013, Entre-Deux-Mers (Bordeaux, France)
“Entre-Deux-Mers is a perfect area for producing light, crisp and refreshing whites.” Pair with seafood to play up the citrus aromas and hints of smokiness.
CHÂTEAU DUCASSE, 2012, Graves Blanc (Bordeaux, France)
“Winemaker Hervé Dubourdieu is creating some truly special wines in Graves.” This rich white wine shows unique hints of minerality, and will surely make a statement at any festive gathering.
LIEUTENANT DE SIGALAS, 2007, Sauternes (Bordeaux, France)
A sweet white wine lends an air of style to any party. Try serving with a goat cheese appetizer or as a chilled aperitif.
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