Château Poyanne Bordeaux 2014

This Bordeaux Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  Couldn’t find the exact percentage, but I’m going to guess heavier on the Merlot than the Cab because of the nose and flavor profile.  It’s a very inexpensive wine, so don’t let’s expect the Halleluja Chorus to start playing in our heads (or from our taste buds) when we take a sip.

Winemaker: Château Poyanne
Wine: Grand Vin de Bordeaux Cuvée Prestige
Varietal: Red Blend
Vintage: 2014
Appellation:  Bordeaux, France
Price:  $5.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  The Château Poyanne is purplish in color with a bouquet that smells of candied plum with hints of turpentine and fennel.  It was medium bodied and had bracing acidity.  Tannins were medium, and alcohol was at 13%.  For me it was a simple flavor profile of plum and pepper.  I think it would be OK with say … a turkey burger or something along those lines.

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!