2010 Grand Bateau Rouge, Bordeaux

SKU #1084672

Take home this third wine (of sorts) from St-Julien's grand Château Beychevelle for a song! Who said you couldn't drink great Bordeaux every day? Just don't wait, this steal sold out quite quickly the last time we had it. This wine is elegant and consists of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged partially in new oak barrels, the wine is rich and round, medium to full-bodied and has luscious ripe red fruit flavors, spice and a touch of new oak. Superb value. The label has a picture of the mythical galleon of the famous Château Beychevelle.

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By: Muksi | Review Date: 2/17/2012
Medium bodied with wonderful fruit flavors, very nice for the price point.

By: AG | Review Date: 2/16/2012
The 2009 was a find, but 2010 is just a run-of-the-mill Bordeaux table wine. The 2009 had good fruit forward, some body, and a clean but smooth finish. The 2010 lacks the fruitiness, finishes more acidic, with some light structure. If you like typical Bordeaux table wines, this will fit the bill. With enough air, it is a good drinker with pasta or a sandwich, less so alone. Still not bad at the $10/bottle range.

UPDATE: After a day of air (bottled and re-capped, but without the air evacuated), this wine really opened up. Much smoother and rounder, and a very nice table wine.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


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