First off let me start by saying that when first introduced to wines from Bordeaux I was amazed by their character. I was literally like “WOW what have I been missing!” I knew that there was something different from what I was used to.
Many well-known 1st thru 5th Growth Chateaus throughout France have been producing amazing terroir driven wines that are very long-lived and definitely stand out in class by itself and yes…lets get real, some of them do tend to be pretty steep in price, with some historic vintages in the thousands of dollars!
However in the mix of all this notable popularity is some damn good wine that also displays some amazing structure with terroir characteristics, is just as enjoyable and perhaps also very age worthy, however more approachable and affordable!
So yes, a huge misconception is that French wines, especially Bordeaux are expensive and for many this leads to a lost opportunity in experiencing these great wines.
I can confidently say that for under $20 there’s a ton of great Bordeaux out there!
For today, lets start with the 2009 Chateau Lescalle from the Haut-Medoc
Nice classic Bordeaux looking label.
Impressive wine. Dark inky color. Smoky, deep wet earth, heavy minerality, tobacco. Amazing tannins. Silky and at the same time dry on the medium finish.
Great Value Bordeaux here.
At around $16 there’s, no question on this one. Go for it!
“Located beside the most famous vineyard of the world, Château Lescalle was built in 1875 in Macau by Emmanuel Tessandier, at the edge of the Margaux commune and it consists of two main plots of land, one located near the Castle Paruades Maucamps and the other called Lescalle. It is currently owned by the Tessandier family the proprietors of several fantastic Bordeaux properties as Château Maucamps. Château Maucamps AOC Haut-Médoc Cru Bourgeois Supérieur is described by Oz Clark as similar quality level than Château La Lagune and Château Cantemerle. The 20 hectares of vineyards are located on the alluvial, clayey soils and they are covered with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. The winemaking in the estate follows the traditional Médoc style. The vines are very densely planted. The yield is limited in order to concentrate fruity flavours. The wine goes through long maceration process and then aging in oak barriques. By delivering wines of a consistent high quality, Château Lescalle is one of the best petit château within Bordeaux Supérieur appellation. It has received several awards and citations in Le Guide Hachette.”