Just mentioning Bordeaux in my last blog made my mouth water, so I brought one home last night to enjoy. The next logical step is to write about it.
Bordeaux is a region in France that makes some of the world’s most renowned, and expensive wines. The main grapes used in a Bordeaux blend are Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, the rest of the wine is rounded out with Cab Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The wines can contain one, or all of these varietals. The terroir in Bordeaux is fairly standard throughout, with an oceanic climate and soil consisting of gravel, sandy stone and clay. There are two rivers that divide the region, the Dordogne and the Garonne, the rivers divide the region into the left and right banks. The best estates are situated with their land facing and with views of the rivers.
There are some great value wines from Bordeaux, like Chateau Pascaud Bordeaux Superior, and this is the wine I chose to try last night. The grapes of this estate are grown on the hillsides close to Fronsac, the clay and limestone slopes along with the unique microclimate create a terroir that is very similar to nearby Saint Emilion. Merlot works very well in this area therefore it is the dominant varietal in this blend, with some Cab Franc to round it out.
Chateau Pascaud has a nice deep red color with beautiful dark fruit on the nose. On the palate there are hints of blackberry, black cherry and licorice, followed by a smooth finish with earth and velvety tannins. For $14.99 I was impressed with the balance and depth of this wine, I would highly recommend this wine to Bordeaux lovers. I enjoyed Pascaud with oven roasted eggplant with fresh lemon juice and grated pecorino romano cheese, I would also suggest a hearty steak to pair with this great wine.