October is Bordeaux Season at Top Ten and we’ve got a lot of celebration on our hands! We’ll be rolling out everything from crisp, aromatic white Bordeauxs to decadent dessert Sauternes to the bold and powerful reds at the center of all the Bordeaux buzz.
So let’s get the party started right with some stellar examples of Bordeaux’s power and ageability, at a price point worthy of some real festivities.
Chateau de Francs “Les Cerisiers”
2018 Francs Côtes de Bordeaux
Recognized for consistent delivery of high-quality hidden gems, the Côtes have been hyped up and down in recent years as the place to find great Bordeaux at a bargain. Specifically in Francs Cotes to Bordeaux, next door to the Right Bank powerhouse of Saint-Emilion, you can find Merlot-driven wines whose powerful intensity wipe the floor with the wimpy examples we’ve let defame Merlot’s potential.
The team at Chateau de Francs, with roots in famed Chateaux like Angelus and Cheval Blanc, take full advantage of that potential with their “Les Cerisiers” cuvee. Sourced from some of the estate’s oldest vines, the fruit behind this wine is just starting to show its complexity at three years of age. The warm 2018 vintage brings rich, savory blackberry, tart cherry, plum, fig, cocoa, black currant, earth, and bold tannin that will only continue to open up and develop — decant or breathe about one hour to coax out the full flavor lineup.
Chateau de la Cour d’Argent
2018 Bordeaux Supérieur
There’s a reason Bordeaux bottles come in fancy wooden crates — the renown for their ageability is such that anyone who’s caught the Bordeaux bug very frequently buys their favorites by the case. Even if you can’t lay down a full twelve bottles, returning to see how a choice vintage has developed over time can be an intimate thrill.
The story of Chateau de la Cour d’Argent is one that’s worth coming back to, family-owned since its inception in the late 1800’s and pursuing sustainable farming methods in their Saint-Emilion and Lalande de Pomerol vineyards. Their Bordeaux Supérieur is really coming into its own with blackberry, black cherry, sweet mint and tobacco on the nose, the rich palate full of plum, leather, bramble, and heady cacao nib. A perfect balance of velvety tannin and bright fruit acidity will age this wine into alluring heights over several more years.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors