By Scarlett Wells
Valentine’s day is fast approaching, and undoubtedly there is no escaping it, whether you see it as a celebration of love or commercialized nonsense. Although nothing beats the stuffed bears and chocolates, a bottle of wine is perfect for setting the mood for a romantic date. When you need to buy a bottle of wine, look no further than Bordeaux.
Over the years, prices of Bordeaux wines have increased. Even so, the region’s first-growth properties continue to offer superb value for money, especially in the $50 to $100 dollar price bracket.
Not like Barolo and Burgundy, which produce small quantities but on undeniable quality, Bordeaux offers the same quality in high quantities. Below are some of the splurge-worthy Bordeaux wines that are perfect for Valentine’s day. Read on!
1990 Latour wine
The 1990 Latour wine has lots of sweetness plus a rich, gorgeous fruitiness. However, it doesn’t have enough firmness one can find in vintages like 2008, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2000, and 1996.
The 1990 vintage is dense and powerful to the core and has excellent density for a wine of its age. In spite of the wine’s great depth, it remains or stays light on its feet for such a considerable wine.
2012 Segla Wine
The 2012 Segla Wine is the second wine produced from Château Rauzan-Ségla, a popular and prominent second-growth estate in Margaux. Undoubtedly, this bottle of wine is beginning to hit its stride.
The tannins are exceptionally well incorporated. On the other hand, its wild berry flavors are refreshingly juicy but ripe. The 2012 Selga Wine has the right amount of texture to pair perfectly with a charcoaled-grilled steak. Still, this silky, approachable red wine works on its own.
2014 Château Pedesclaux
There’s no doubt that Pauillac wines are very much approachable at a younger age compared to other appellations. Still, they serve a lot of complexity and nuance. The 2014 Château Pedesclaux offers the almost identical blend of Merlot and Sauvignon that has powerful tannins, and dark, fresh fruit core, from a relatively unknown fifth-growth property.
You surely won’t be disappointed when you pop this bottle of wine at a dinner party. Just wait for the riposte of your guests after their first sip.
2012 Château Gloria
In the Saint-Julien appellation, Château Gloria is among the unclassified properties. It’s not an indication or manifestation of quality and rather comes because the Château did not exist until 1855.
Even so, its wines are a strong and powerful representation or depiction of the terrior in Saint-Julien: like a moody teenager, when they are young, they are tannic, edgy, and not that fun to be around.
Regardless, with some bottle age, such as the 2012 Château Gloria, they offer sumptuous notes of rosemary, juniper, and brambly black fruit.
2010 and 2014 Chaâteau Biac
Château Biac, established in the 17th century, has over forty acres of sloping or slanting vineyards that run down toward the Garonne River banks. This wine producer, an outlier in the Bordeaux region, is well-known for altering the composition or structure of its blends significantly from vintage to vintage.
The 2010 Chateau Baic is a blend of 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 84% Merlot. This wine tastes incredibly young with grippy tannins and fresh red fruit flavors. On the other hand, the 2014 Château Biac is a blend of 5% Cabernet Franc, 10% Petit Verdot, and 85% Merlot.
This wine has better-incorporate tannins and smoother texture. Both 2010 and 2014 Château Biac will pair extremely well with food, with the 2014’s approachability making it perfect for winter salads, while the tannins in the 2010 Château Biac is an excellent pair for a grilled steak.
2015 Château Chasse-Spleen
Moulis-en Medoc, situated on the Gironde river’s left bank, is a go-to place that’s worthy of your money or exertion in Bordeaux. Château Chasse-Spleen, an estate whose name means running after the blues, has long been reckoned as among the major wine producers in the appellation.
The wines produced on this estate manifest the name’s sentiment and are sure to kindle many tasting notes, such as strawberry and vanilla candy.
2012 Clos Beauregard
Pomerol, the smallest district in Bordeaux, is deemed to make some of the finest Merlot blends in the world. Until 1935, the estate that grows Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot was attached to a still-operating, larger property named Château Beauregard.
The 2012 Clos Beauregard, with a higher amount of Merlot, is a velvety, plump blend, with a whiff of spearmint and ripe fruit notes.
Wine can be refreshing and new, bold and unique, or light and sweet, just like romance. This upcoming Valentine’s day, show your love and gratitude to your sweetheart by choosing a bottle of wine that represents her personality. If you’re a fan of Bordeaux wines, then perhaps one of the wines mentioned here might suit you. Make your day of love as perfect as possible by finding the best Bordeaux wine.