Les Portes de Bordeaux Bordeaux 2009

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)
Vintage:  2009
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!

2 thoughts on “Les Portes de Bordeaux Bordeaux 2009

    • Actually, it IS a cheap bottle of wine. As far as it being plonk; I can’t go that far. Of course, it won’t be the best wine I drink this year by any stretch of the imagination. But … mois, je ne suis pas désolé.

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