Bordeaux has a reputation for being inaccessible, both in style and price. Thank you Dutch merchants, thank you Napoleon III, but it’s not 1855 anymore.
We’ve got climate change. We’ve got young blood. We’ve got improved quality and shedding of pretense meeting in the middle to finally make Bordeaux worthy of our wine budget again. The revolution is here!
Top Ten is launching the Fall 2021 Bordeaux Collection, an exciting exploration of wines from Bordeaux’s up-and-coming regions, as well as some Cru’s doing it right — really right. Tune in to meet our lineup of elegant white Bordeaux perfect for fall, rich and brawny reds to turn the head of the most die-hard Cali Cab lovers, and beautifully luscious Sauternes — the dessert wine you need on your holiday table.
Vive le vin!
Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Puyanche Blanc 2019
A cooperage in the 18th century, it was purchased at the beginning of the 20th century by Arnaud Puyanché, the great grandfather of the current owners. He used it as a stable, sheltering cattle that were used to work the soils of the vineyards.
It was only in 1996 that the first wine producing facilities were installed at the property with the construction of the first vinification cellar. Sustainably farmed with an average of 40–50-year-old vines.
65% Sauvignon Blanc / 35% Sémillon
Somm Specs: Wine is dry and round with flavors of ripe pear, starfruit, and butterscotch, followed by a mineral-driven and bright citrus finish.
Roasted Chicken, Crab, Grilled Fish
Bordeaux Blanc, Mont Perat 2016
This very old estate, located in the village of Capian, is composed of 4 little mounts (hence the name Mont Perat), with rugged terrain and a patchwork of soils and orientations.
The white vineyards are planted north- and east- facing.
75% Sauvignon Blanc / 25% Sémillon
Somm Specs: Wine is dry and crisp with flavor characteristics of Meyer lemon, green pear, Thai-basil, and lime flesh, followed by a rich and textured finish.
Soft Ripened Cheeses, Aged Hard Cheese, Poultry, Seafood
Côtes de Provence, Roseline Prestige 2020
Roseline Prestige is made from a blend of the best AOP Côtes de Provence wines by prominent Bordeaux producers.
The design of the bottle, elegant and refined, has obtained several distinctions.
50% Cinsault / 45% Grenache/ 5% Syrah
Somm Specs: Wine is dry with lively flavors characteristics of strawberry, melon, and chervil, followed by orange blossom, watermelon, and a fresh yet elegant finish.
Lamb tagine, Seafood Platter, Lemon Marinated Chicken, Grilled Lobster with Tarragon butter.
Francs Côtes de Bordeaux, Puyanche Rouge 2015
Another sustainably farmed blend from the Puyanché family representing the great value found in Francs Côtes de Bordeaux red blends.
Family tradition, land stewardship, and Right Bank elegance come together in a compelling midpoint between classic and contemporary Bordeaux styles.
80% Merot/ 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Somm Specs: Wine is dry with medium-plus body, medium-plus alcohol, and integrated tannins, with flavor characteristics of plum, blackberry, tobacco, cedar, and bitter chocolate.
Dark Chocolate, Mole
Côtes de Bordeaux, Arbo Malbec 2018
This estate has been in the family for the past five generations. Bernadette’s great-great-grandfather, Amand, moved to a small property in Francs together with his wife and daughter in the early 20th century.
Until recently, most of his vineyards and fruit were part of a co-operative. Only when Bernadette inherited the vineyards did she decide, along with her husband Joseph, to leave the co-operative and build a storehouse, committing them to Amand’s original vision.
90% Malbec / 10% Merlot
Somm Specs: Wine is dry with medium-plus acid, medium-plus alcohol, and grippy tannins, with flavor characteristics of blueberry skin, cassis, violets, dark chocolate, and sage.
Steak Au Poivre, Veal Sugo
Bordeaux, Petite Lune Rouge 2018
Bordeaux is world-famous for its Grands Crus. Consultant Stéphane Derenoncourt of renowned Domaine de Chevalier was asked to bring her expertise to the beautiful but lesser-known soils at Clos de Lune.
Together with dedicated winemakers, the final blend was selected with the objective of making “La Petite Lune” (the Moon shines above each of us), a beautiful wine, elegant but charming, that reflects Stéphane’s values.
80% Merlot / 10% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 10% Cabernet Franc
Somm Specs: Wine is dry with medium-plus acid, high alcohol, and considerable tannins, with flavor characteristics of juicy red fruit, such as red cherry, raspberry, and blackberry followed by an earthy yet layered finish.
Balsamic Pot Roast, Braised Short Rib w/ Blackberry Demi-Glaze
Bordeaux, Marjosse 2018
One of the most sought-after values in Bordeaux, Chateau Marjosse is the Saint-Emilion-adjacent personal vineyard of the famed Pierre Lurton, managing director for Cheval Blanc and d’Yquem.
He’s dialed back the production lately and it’s paid huge dividends in the quality of his “little wine,” starting with this 2018 vintage. Both Antonio Galloni and Robert Parker have called this a must-buy. I can’t think of another under-$20 Bordeaux with this amazing pedigree.
80% Merlot / 8% Cabernet Sauvignon/ 8% Cabernet Franc/ 4% Malbec
Somm Specs: Wine is dry with medium-plus acid, medium-plus alcohol, and silky tannins, with flavors of plum, bitter chocolate, anise, dried rose and violet.
Wild Game, Stew, Beef Bourguignon