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Chateau Recougne Bordeaux Superieur 2012

Chateau Recougne BordeauxWorld Market, reg. $17.99 (sale $12.99)

Wine Enthusiast, $18

Vivino Rating

Aaron: This was the first of a string of 90-pointers for me.  The mellow nose of old oak and musk also featured plum and blueberries.  There was a bit of tar and unexpected melon in the flavor and a good amount of juiciness made the flavor enjoyable.  For a medium-light bodied wine, this is a good find.  90 points

Teri: Not much to go off of from the smell but the wine profile itself is another story. There is a basket of flavors from start to finish: mineral, earth, mushroom, white pepper, oak and earthy berries. With the blend of fruit, herb and earthy flavors this is a lovely medium bodied food pairing wine. 89 points. Easy to drink, great flavor and strong value.



Chateau Franc-Cardinal 2011 Cotes De Bordeaux

Chateau Franc-CardinalPurchased from Splash Wines

Vivino Profile 

72% Merlot, 24% Cabernet Franc, 4% Malbec

Aaron: Being excited for a wine makes disappointment much more disappointing.  This smelled musky with dark, wet mud covering mossy, rotting wood (to be fair it’s not as off-putting as it sounds).  The flavor was too tart and tight, sadly it never really opened up.  I noticed lemon-coated raspberries and bittersweet chocolate.  Coupled with a tingling sensation on the tip of my tongue this was sadly not the best.  85 points

Teri: This Bordeaux is not overly complex but still good structured tannins. The nose smells like a woody forest with blackberry bushes. The flavors I tasted in the wine are pepper, rhubarb, and blueberry first then it turns to woody spice on the finish. The wine was much better after breathing for a few hours and the following day carried more prominent fruit flavors, but nothing great overall. 87 points 

Chateau de Brandey Bordeaux 2012

Chateau BordeauxPurchased from BevMo, $19.95

Aaron:  Oh my gosh: chocolate smell.  Almonds and just tons and tons of chocolate on the nose.  The flavor unfortunately was very dry and bitter.  More bark than fruit (though some raspberry in the background) lost a lot of points on this one.  86 points. 

Teri: My favorite part of this wine was the strawberry jam flavors on the finish, although overall the flavor tasted “cold”–perhaps due to the cooler climate of the region of the growing area for the wine. The color was a surprisingly dark purple color that looked a bit like plum/prune juice. The overall flavors carried spice, at first, then moves into leather and finally the raspberry/strawberry jam. Overall, light in density but still has some good flavors. 88 points 

Les Portes de Bordeaux Fronsac 2011

Les Portes de BordeauxPurchased from Trader Joe’s, $6.99

Aaron: This is a great value bottle.  Tons of earthy oak and rock salt on the nose followed by a light and mellow flavor which is extremely smooth.  This isn’t as big as I had hoped but was pleasant.  There’s a good balance of ripe red fruits and pine cones and slate.  The flavor has a bit of mineral but some nice berry complements.  90 points

Teri: This French bourdeaux carries dark red fruits and oaky tobacco on the nose. The bottle itself is easy to drink but nothing special; I tasted flavors of spicy raspberry and juniper berries with noticeable but smooth tannins. The finish is long but smooth. 87 points

Carmine de Monicord 2011 Bordeaux Superieur

Carmine de Monicord 2011Wine of the Month Club, $15.98

Aaron: This has a great nose!  Plum and rich green leaves with a good, barky oak but not too strong.  The tannins are a little strong on the onset – I prefer them more towards the back.  I noticed predominant flavors of saffron and allspice with some muddled berries and dried tobacco leaves.  My primary complaint though is this is too watery on the end.  87 points

Teri: This blend has a spicy earthy nose and what I would call a backwards drinking red: with spice and earthy flavors first followed by a slight sweetness and fruit at the end (red apple and berries). The smell is quite different from the taste, so don’t let it fool you. Just a unique blend with fruit, earthy flavors like clove, and some leather. A few points for its uniqueness but it would take a particular person and an avid wine lover to enjoy this glass. Not for “non wine” drinkers. 88 points