This exceprt is from another column we do in our newsletter about Old World and New World wines. We featured Bordeaux this month. Take a read through to find out why!
Bordeaux and Claret
A Bordeaux wine is one from the Bordeaux region of France. The red wines of this region are typically a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, the dominant varietal depends on the region of Bordeaux that they hail from. Some of the most famous and most expensive wines of the world come from Bordeaux.
Chateau de Landiras from the Graves Appellation of Bordeaux is one of my favorites. This wine is Merlot dominant with an earthy and aromatic nose. On the first sip there are beautiful black cherry notes, with supple elegant tannins on the mid palate. The finish is dry with with more tannins kicking in to make an elegant, tight and focused wine with amazing balance. I recommend an hour in the decanter to bring out the true potential of this wine if you are to drink it now.
Claret is the english term for a red Bordeaux blend created in the New World. Again a blend of the same grape varietals, with the dominant grape choice being left up to the winemaker, to express the style he prefers.
Ramey Cellars creates a wonderful Claret out of Napa Valley California. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon dominant wine, with red and black currant on the nose with just a touch of herbal notes. The body is full with with nice fruit on the palate, a touch of tobacco and pleasant tannins throughout. The finish is elegant creating a well balanced wine. Again I recommend a bit of time in the decanter to showcase all the complexity of this wine.
Both of these wines are fantastic in their own way. The Landiras is a bit more focused, like most Old World wines and the Ramey is a bit bigger and bolder, like most New World wines. Try both and decide what suits your palate best.