Bordeaux has been made famous by trophy wines (at astronomical prices) from the Left and Right Banks of the region’s Gironde Estuary. But there are also many well-made, entry-level wines available from outside of these areas. This month, we’re featuring a terrific and accessible Bordeaux Blanc and Bordeaux Rouge from a multigenerational producer who believes in purity of fruit and expression of the land.
Jean Marc Barthez, Bordeaux Blanc, 2013
A majority Sauvignon Blanc (95%) is rounded out by just a touch of Semillon (5%). This is not a grapefruit bomb, but rather a lemon-lime dominated Sauvignon that is backed by refreshing minerality. Delicious with local seafood but enough body to pair with chicken and pork, too!
Jean Marc Barthez, Bordeaux Rouge, 2011
Consider this an intro to the major red grapes of Bordeaux: Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%) and Cabernet Franc (25%). The tannic structure characteristic of these varieties intermingles with black and red berries. All of this is backed by an inherent earthiness that makes this wine perfect for winter grilling: burgers, chicken, steak — you name it!
If you need help with wine selections, our wine consultant, Sarah O’Kelly, is often on the premises and is happy to help. Or ask one of our staff members for assistance — and be sure to ask about case discounts!