2006 Grand Bateau Rouge, Bordeaux

SKU #1052706

This value-packed blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon offers an intense nose of black currants, plums, leather and a hint of mint. Dry, medium bodied with balanced acid, and firm tannins, this is pretty much what Bordeaux Rouge is supposed to taste like when made right and for early drinking! made by the good folks at Chateau beychevelle.

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/12/2010  | Send Email
This is a fabulous deal in every day, drinking Bordeaux. When we had this it was full of clean, cool fruit and real Claret flavor. I think this would go very well with beef kabobs or even homemade burgers, and is on another planet of quality from the young, New World wines that get big scores in this price range. It is very tasty stuff!
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Varietal:

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 Médoc 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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France

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Bordeaux

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