You don’t have to know much about wine for the name Bordeaux to have an echo of familiarity.
This fabled region of southwestern France has been producing wine for nearly 2,000 years. With all that history and experience, it’s no wonder that they’ve come to produce some of the finest and sought-after wines in the world.
Fortunately, you won’t need to travel to France to find these wines thanks to BC Liquor Stores’ highly anticipated 2017 Bordeaux Release, happening September 26. For the first time ever, from September 8 to September 13, you can pre-order online some of the most prestigious Bordeaux wines around. You can also find the entire selection in store on the official release date on September 26.
So, what is it about this renowned region that makes Bordeaux wine so special? Aside from being, well, breathtaking, its geography and temperate climate are ultra conducive to wine-growing.
The specific variety of grapes used to create distinct blends is also among the various elements that make these wines so remarkable. That’s not to mention the complex flavours of plum, cherry, grapefruit, oak, and crème brûlée to be found respectively in the red and white Bordeaux varieties.
Remember the old saying to “age like a fine wine?” One of the things that make Bordeaux wine so sought-after is its ability to age. By allowing a bottle to sit in your cellar for a few years, the wine is able to develop all of the complex flavours and aromas that you would come to expect.
Another great (and perhaps surprising) thing is that you don’t have to be a big spender to enjoy a bottle of Bordeaux. There are great wines at every price point, and you’ll find bargains at BC Liquor Stores’ 2017 Bordeaux Release. So, without further ado, here’s a look at the top picks you can snag at the upcoming release.
Château Reynon, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux
One of the greatest values is the Château Reynon, Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux, a ready-to-drink red Bordeaux that is exceptionally plush and soft, with notes of milk chocolate and ripe dark fruits.
Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent, Bordeaux Blanc
The Clos des Lunes Lune d’Argent, Bordeaux Blanc is a hidden gem. This white Bordeaux made from 70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Sémillon offers exotic notes of pomelo, citrus peel, and honeysuckle.
Château Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes
The fantastically intense Château Doisy-Védrines, Sauternes is bursting with intense pineapple, lemon marmalade, quince, and honeycomb notes, making it a great pairing with foie gras or desserts.
Château Certan de May, Pomerol
Château Certan de May, Pomerol, which is located next to some of the most illustrious names in Bordeaux including Pétrus, Le Pin, and Vieux Château Certan. It’s a great wine to save for a milestone or celebration.
Château de la Dauphine, Fronsac
Château de la Dauphine, Fronsac is a top value Bordeaux wine and one of the best wines from Fronsac. This wine can be enjoyed now or cellared until 2030.
Clos La Madeleine, St-Émilion Grand Cru
Made from a blend of 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Franc, the Clos La Madeleine, St-Émilion Grand Cru offers smoky, chocolatey, and plummy notes in a silky package.
Château La Gurgue, Margaux
An organic wine that delivers floral and ripe berry fruit notes, Château La Gurgue, Margaux is a certified organic wine with firm and silky tannins that provide a long, polished finish.
Avoid the crowds by pre-ordering some of the most highly coveted wines around the world from September 8 to 13. You can also drop by your nearest BC Liquor Store as of September 26 to find even more fantastic wines in store — or head to BCLiquorStores.com for more information on the event.
As always, please remember drinks are best enjoyed when they’re enjoyed responsibly.