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I was recently invited to join a live twitter based tasting along with several other wine bloggers from across the U.S. in a annual celebration of Bordeaux wines, called Planet Bordeaux. Planet Bordeaux is an organization that supports and breeds enthusiasm into Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines to those of us in the U.S.. Showcasing what is high quality, terroir-driven, affordable wines from the heart of the worlds wine capitol.

The #PlanetBordeaux tasting was split into two different segments. Part one was a tasting of a video promotion that was run last year, titled: “My Bordeaux Wine is…” Winemakers and wineries alike of Bordeaux joined the contest and produced videos of their wines. The public voted and winners were announced. The tasting included three of the winning producers:

dvinewinetime Chateau de BonhosteChateau de Bonhoste Bordeaux Blanc 2012 (SRP $12)

A light straw in color with golden highlights. Very beautiful swirl in the glass. Hints of lemon pie, pineapple, lime on the nose with a taste of bright acidity, lemon, lime, herbal notes, rosemary and grass. Smooth and silky with a long finish. Simply a beautiful wine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGIoBV5mqP8&sns=em

dvinewinetime Chateau BonnetChateau Bonnet Bordeaux Rose 2012 (SRP $15)

A bright salmon pink, clear and crisp looking. A nose of melon, strawberry, pineapple and notes of citrus. The palate is full of tart strawberries, grapefruit, and white tea. A wine with full mouth feel that gives off a creamy like texture of strawberries & cream. Great acidity that lingers into a long finish. A fantastic Rose. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nDn7sUSEWQ&sns=em

dvinewinetime Chateau MajoureauChateau Majoureau “Hyppos” Bordeaux Superieur 2009 (SRP $20)

A dark garnet red with beautiful undertones on the edges of amber. Dark plums with burnt toast and a rich buttery wood mixed with sour cherry. A very unique smell for a red wine. Silky smooth on the tongue with an amazing balance of acidity and dark berry fruit. Full mouth feel of plum and boysenberry with a bit of leather on the finish. Stunning wine. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuKa-s_caw0&sns=em

The videos were just as fun as tasting these amazing wines. Make sure to click the links above to enjoy the winning videos and learn more about what makes these Bordeaux wines, winners.

Part two of the #PlanetBodeaux tasting was Bordeaux reds for the Holidays. Six tasty red Bordeaux’s and Bordeaux Supérieur’s that would make any holiday table a magnificent success with friends and family. Value is apparent in the pricing….but know that it goes beyond a cheap price for a bottle of wine. These wines are top quality. Some of the best wineries and winemakers in Bordeaux, putting their heart and soul into these Bordeaux Blends. You will rarely receive that here in the U.S. market with a $10 red blend off the shelf of your local wine store.

dvinewinetime Mouton CadetMOUTON CADET – (SRP $9.99)
Full of dried cherries and spice. A smooth, long finish, not very tannic. Nice sipping wine.

 

 

 

 

dvinewinetime Chateau de CamarsacCHATEAU de CAMARSAC – (SRP $10.99)
Great nose! Earthy oak and cigar. Grilled, smoky red plums and cherries. Great structure & length.

 

 

 

 

dvinewinetime Les Hauts de LaGardeLES HAUTS de LAGARDE – (SRP $11.99)
Smooth, beautiful and elegant texture. Low acid, but lightly balanced with fruit of boysenberry and cranberries and a slight oak on finish.

 

 

 

 

dvinewinetime Chateau du Bois ChantantCHATEAU du BOIS CHANTANT – (SRP $11.99)
Cherries, spice and a good amount of acidity. Length on finish – very food friendly.

 

 

 

 

dvinewinetime Chateau des ArrasCHATEAU des ARRAS – (SRP $13.99)
Lush fruit of blueberry, blackberry and cranberry. Good amount of acidity and balanced with tannic structure well. Another great food wine.

 

 

 

 

dvinewinetime Chateau de CourteillacDOMAINE de COURTEILLAC – (SRP $14.99)
Dark and bolder than the other five wines. Blueberry and blackberry notes of fruit. Smooth and luscious. A simple yet amazing red. Drinks beautiful on its own or with a wide variety of food.

 

 

 

Many of the wines listed in this post are found at major wine retailers across the states. I highly recommend you seek at least one out. They are a great way to introduce yourself or someone you know to the fabulous wines of Bordeaux and how amazing the people, the land and the heart and soul of the wines can be.

Cheers!

 

** Samples received courtesy of Balzac Communications & Planet Bordeaux **
http://planet-bordeaux.com/

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