Anyone for Board-eaux? Top 5 Bordeaux Wines for Board Game Night
As the nights draw in and we enjoy cosy nights in with friends and family, why not explore the diversity of Bordeaux wines while beating your guests at your favourite board game?
From crisp dry whites, fresh rosés to modern, approachable reds, Bordeaux wines deserve to be poured throughout the evening, and not just with dinner. So, gather around a crackling fire, dust off your favourite board game and savour some delicious wines.
Whether the evening ends in Scrabble success or Monopoly misery, Bordeaux have the perfect wines to accompany all outcomes. Here are our top 5 Bordeaux wines for board game night.
Château La Rose du Pin 2019, Entre-deux-Mers served up with Yahtzee
Fresh, crisp and aromatic, this classic white Bordeaux blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Sémillon is great value and perfect to get the games started. Offering attractive flavours of grapefruit, white peach and honeysuckle supported by racy acidity and a satisfying mouthfeel, this wine concludes with a mineral note, underlying a long, citrus finish. You won’t be disappointed rolling the dice on this one.
Le Merle Blanc de Château Clarke 2019, Bordeaux – pour with a game of Monopoly
This beautiful Bordeaux Blanc is produced in Moulis-en-Médoc, unusual for this region. It kicks off with a touch of citrus peel and jasmine then leads to
lemongrass and slightly richer creamier notes from the judicious oak interaction. The palate is clean and expressive with freshness and tension balanced by the richness of fruit and a delicate toasty savoury note. If this wine was on a monopoly board it would be one of the dark blue properties!
Château Bauduc 2020, Bordeaux Rosé, perfect for Poker Night
Far from only being suited to summer, Bordeaux rosés can be enjoyed just as easily fireside in deepest, darkest January. Château Bauduc rosé is fresh and appealing, with aromas of pink grapefruit, redcurrant and strawberry, this vegan rosé is perfect for a night in or served with a winter salad. This dry rosé has a refreshing note of white pepper on the finish, it’s a real ace in the hole if you have guests looking for refreshing wines this winter.
Château Mayne Mazerolles 2016, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux – ideal with a game of Scrabble
This modern red from Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux is fresh with supple tannins, well suited to pour throughout your games night. This wine, from a great vintage, retains plenty of fresh fruit character with notes of cherries, blackberries and cassis, bolstered by savoury flavours of spice and tobacco leaf. Elegant and complex Château Mayne Mazerolles has a quality level that belies its price point… How many points for a triple word score on ‘bargain?’
Château Beau-Site 2015, Saint-Estèphe, with card games fireside
This Cabernet-dominant blend from Saint Estèphe is bold and intensely flavoured, yet with a depth of fruit and supple mouthfeel which allows this wine to work so well-poured without food. Rich and enticing Château Beau-Site expresses notes of mocha, spice and pencil shavings, supported by plenty of dark fruit flavours including blackcurrant, damson and black cherry, which continues on long after the glass has left your lips. If this were a top trump, it’d have 10s across the board.