I have recently been reviewing my way through a number of wines being promoted as part of the Good Food Would Choose Bordeaux campaign, aimed at promoting mid-priced, easily-available wines typical of Bordeaux.
The wines were selected by the Association of Wine Educators and details of all can be found on the GFWCB website.
However, the two best wines were both from The Wine Society.
Chateau Bourjaud Premieres Cotes de Blaye, £6.50
Made from 85% Merlot and 15%Cab, there is plenty of aroma, but less in the way of tannic structure, whilst the relatively low alcohol level of 12.5% gives this wine a food-friendliness.
The nose shows bramble fruit and dark cherries with hints of coffee grounds, forest floor and liquorice, whilst on the palate the juicy, rounded acidity dominates with dark cherry and plum fruit and more coffee and dark spice hints.
The finish is extremely well-balanced, even if there is very little in the way of grip.
A non-tannic Bordeaux is almost a contradiction in terms, but this is a very pleasant and well-made wine and if chewy tannins aren’t your thing or you want an introduction to cool-climate Merlot, this is not a bad place to start, and with its juicy acidity it will match well with Italian foods such as salami, crostini, roasted vegetables or pasta with a tomato sauce.
Perponcher Reserve Bordeaux Blanc 2010 , £8.50
Greeny-gold in the glass, the nose is herbaceous, mineral and clean – on the palate it feels fresh, crisp and poised with crystal-clear acidity, underpinned by good but not intrusive minerality.
There is some ripe, tropical sweetness that gives a rounded feel, whilst the finish is long and balanced, showing more fragrant and herbaceous notes, good acidity and minerality – this is a well-made, balanced and elegant little gem of a wine.
Poised, delicious and very more-ish, it will match well with mozzarella drizzled with pesto, or meaty white fish in a herby broth.
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