Since I’ve been picking up bottles of vino one or two at a time at my local Trader Joe’s, the staff are beginning to recognize me. We aren’t on a first name basis, but they are beginning to be more open with recommendations as I pore over the shelves and look for new wines I want to try. I had this particular wine recommended multiple times by different staff members as I considered my options. Thus, the last time I was in, I grabbed a bottle.
Winemaker: Les Portes de Bordeaux (SAVAS)
Varietal: Red Blend
Wine: Grand Vin de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Supérieur)
Appellation: Bordeaux AOC, France
Price: $5.99 at Trader Joe’s
Notes: With all the positive comments and recommendations, I may have built up somewhat higher expectations than I should for a wine at this price. I found it a rather simple, uncomplicated, easy-sipping Bordeaux. No duh, you say? Well, now don’t be mean! It was a very deep garnet in the glass. On the nose I found cherry and blackberry fruit with light hints of plum and spice. On the palate, I encountered a very soft light-bodied wine. When I say soft, what I mean is that if it had been a heavier offering, it would have felt plush on the tongue. But with little heft, it was … soft. Flavors for me were cherry, blackberry, plum notes, sprinkles of pepper, and oak. There are no tannins to speak of, but the finish has a little grassy zip right on the end. Acidity seemed a bit under but fine, and alcohol is at 13%. Imported by Latitude Wines from the large French vintner SAVAS, I found it difficult to get an authoritative determination of what this pleasant Bordeaux is made from – i.e. the specific blend. I found reports of percentage ratios at 60/40 and 80/20 Merlot to Cabernet Sauvignon on the web. The SAVAS site only gives the 2006 info – which was 80 Merlot, 10 Cabernet Franc, and 10 Cabernet Sauvignon. If you know for certain, please post a comment and share!