Bordeaux red wine blends are often a harmony of different grape varieties that combine to produce structured and textured wines. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot come first in most blends, complemented by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and sometimes Carmenère or Petit Verdot. While the wines of famous châteaux can be dominated by a single grape variety, Bordeaux’s major regional appellations offer a broader interpretation, often with incredible value.
The Médoc and Haut-Médoc blends of the left bank offer elegant and balanced wines. Right bank regions such as Montagne-Saint-Emilion and Castillon exude thick layers of fruit. Other great regional appellations, such as Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérior, combine the best elements of both shores in a refined and juicy red wine.
Enjoy these 10 Bordeaux reds at a price as satisfying as the wines themselves.
Château La Tonnel 2018 Cru Bourgeois (Haut-Médoc); $25, 93 points. This is already a delicious wine. The black fruit shines through the wood structure and tannins and promises a bright future. The rich, but not overpowering aromas and flavors of blackcurrant come from the high percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. This wine will age well. Drink of 2024, wine and spirits from the German family. Editor’s Choice. -Roger Voss
Château Grandchmin Monplaisir 2018 Saint-Esteph; $30, 92 points. A ripe, elegant, well-balanced wine with powerful tannins that belong to a young Saint Estef, but also rich, aromatic blackberry fruit. Drink this blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon in 2023, Mr. Touton’s choice. Editor’s Choice. R.V.
Signature Château Moulin de Richard 2018 (Côtes de Bourg); $15, 92 points. This wine is dense and structured, with layers of tannins still present. The rich fruit gives this still young wine a lot of potential. Drinking from 2022, M. Wine. Best Buy. R.V.
Château Haute Vigneux 2018 Pessac-Leognan; $30, 92 points. The Perrin family, from the neighboring Château Carbonnieux cru classé, has restored this estate, which now produces impressive wines. It is elegant, structured, young and powerful, with black fruit and tannins that have potential. Drink this wine in 2023 at the discretion of Frederick Wildman & Sons, Ltd. R.W.
Chateau Reynon 2018 Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux; $25, 92 points. This elegant estate, owned since 1958 by the world-renowned wine experts of the Dubourdieu family, produces an equally elegant wine. A powerful, ripe Merlot does not disturb the balance of the wine, which is supported by aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot in the blend. Drink this wine from 2022. AP Wine Imports. R.V.
Château Le Gardera 2018 Cuvée Bio (Bordeaux Super); $18, 91 points. On the southern slope of the Entre-de-Merce, this vineyard is surrounded by an imposing 19th-century chateau. This organic wine offers rich tannins and powerful black fruit. The structure is softening and the wine will be ready in 2021. Wineberry America LLC. Editor’s Choice. R.V.
Château Malescasse 2017 Cru Bourgeois (Haut-Médoc); $22, 91 points. An elegant, ripe, balanced blend of nearly equal parts Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a structured wine from the Crewe Bourgeois estate, juicy with a fresh Cabernet and with potential for future maturation. Rosenthal wine store. Drinking from 2022. Rosenthal Wine Shop. R.V.
Château Taizier 2018 St. Emilion Mountain; $19, 91 points. Almost pure Merlot, this wine is balanced by contrasting black fruits with generous, undecipherable tannins. Blueberry flavors shine through a dry core that is just beginning to soften. Drink of 2022. Misa Imports. R.V.
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Vinobles Gonfrère 2018 Marquis de Bernes (Bordeaux); $13, 91 points. A mixture of parcels goes into the composition of this rich, full-bodied wine. The generous textures are still developing, while the spicy black fruit is full of young tannins and lively acidity. Aged and concentrated, the wine will likely be ready in 2021. Misa Imports. Best Buy. R.V.
Chateau Hyot 2018 Castillon Côte de Bordeaux; $20, 90 points. A ripe, spicy wine with rich tannins and a firm texture. Blackberry and jelly flavors lighten the richness and enhance the wine’s fruity qualities. Drinking from 2021. Grapefruit. R.V.
Published February 12, 2021
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