Médoc, anyone! Bordeaux for all!!

And as I am on a wine mode, let me continue…are you reading me? ok for those daring enough to enjoy a good glass of wine in a world each time more limited ,this one is for you. En Vino Veritas!!!

And why not go to my fav wine making area in our world, the one all tries to copy but never succeeds; the Médoc of the Bordeaux area, of the Gironde dept 31, region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine of my belle France!

I drank many wines, in my later years I have been concentrating in the Médoc, but believe me have taste them all even from countries not known for wine making like Cuba lol! Let me introduce you to some of my personal finds at modest prices.

I do not need to tell more on this one as have written on the property back on Feb 8 2020 in my blog but is one of our favorite over the years , the Château d’Arcins now own by the Castel Group of wineries. Briefly on the property, the Château d’Arcins has one of the first Haut-Médoc vineyards developed in 1300 by the Commanderie des Templiers. The 2013 vintage shown won the Gold Medal in 2015 at the Concours de Bordeaux!  You will find a large half of Cabernet Sauvignon in this cuvée, with a small half of Merlot. Thus was born an elegant, spicy, tannic vintage, with character and aging potential ranging from 5 to 12 years. The cost is about 10 euros in France.Nice. Webpage: Castel group on Chateau d’Arcins


The Château Haut Breton Larigaudière, acquired by the De Schepper family in 1964, it now offers a 15 hectare vineyard on the best terroirs of the Margaux appellation, a lovely Médoc estate surrounded by a park, is located in the town of Soussans , one of the five towns entitled to the Margaux AOC. At the start of the 20C, this château was already classified as a bourgeois cru. After a typical Médoc vinification, the wine is aged in oak barrels for 15 to 18 months. This château produces a fruity, round and elegant wine. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc The 2011 is supple and gourmand, very sweet. a powerful mouth, full of sap, full and fresh. To drink within 8 to 15 years. The cost is about 11 euros in France, which is also good value for money. Webpage: De Mour group on Chateau Haut Breton Larigaudiere


The Château Lalande Borie is one of the oldest name properties in my family having drink it since my Fl USA days.  The 2014 is a nice dense wine with a nice attack, very nice mid-palate, very Saint-Julien, very little shrinkage before the very interesting finish. 50% cabernet-sauvignon, 45% merlot, 5% cabernet-franc. all the qualities of the appellation: finesse and power, elegance and aromatic richness. These are of course wines to keep for more than 10 years in the cellar. It is located on the terroir of Lalande was created ex-nihilo in 1970 by Jean-Eugène Borie. It is now his son Bruno, also in charge of Château Ducru-Beaucaillou, who directs it. The wines are exquisite, relatively easy to access and gourmet. Real typical Saint-Julien. The cost is about 24 euros in France. Webpage: Chateau Ducru-Beaucaillou as own Lalande Borie


The Château Patache d’Aux 2009 in the town of Bégadan ,Médoc. In 2016, the cru bourgeois was bought by Antoine Moueix. Developing raspberry scents, this wine ages admirably. Traditional vinification gives Château Patache d’Aux (horse carrying wagons) wine its own identity and characteristics: a deep ruby color, powerful but perfectly mellow tannins, typical of long-aging wines. A superb wine, concentrated, long, distinguished, superb oak, great success. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 7% Cabernet Franc The cost is about 10 euros in France. Webpage: Domaines of Antoine Moueix on Chateau Patache d’Aux


The Château Siran 2013 .The robe is garnet and the wine is supple, slightly woody, charming, fruit juice. Thus see the birth of a powerful and fine Margaux, tannic and fruity, marked therefore by the Petit Verdot and its spicy presence. Cut for aging, this wine will gain in complexity over time. It is located in the plateau of graves in Labarde, the southernmost town of the appellation. It belongs to the Miailhe family, embodied by Edouard Miailhe since 2007, and benefits from the advice of Hubert de Boüard de Laforêt. The 38 hectares of vineyard used are planted with 46% Merlot, 41% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot and the rest in Cabernet Franc. Owned by the Miailhe family, wine broker, since 1859, the Château Siran previously belonged to the grandparents of the painter Toulouse-Lautrec. The cost is about 26 euros in France. Webpage: Official Chateau Siran


The Château Tayet 2011. From the same owners as Château Haut Breton Larigaudière (see above) Margaux, this cru is located in Macau, a few kilometers upstream. Fine, complex on the nose, this 2011 mixes a light vanilla and toasted oak with notes of stewed berries. Combining sweetness and liveliness, the palate shows great aromatic freshness and melted tannins. This typical wine, already pleasant, will be fully bloomed in three or four years. The Cuvée Prestige has 55% Merlot, 35% Cabernet-Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot .Gold medal by the Independant winegrowers of France! The cost is about 10 euros in France. Webpage: De Mour group on the Chateau Tayet


The Château La Tour de Mons is another of my old wines started on in my FL USA life, long in our house and always reliable. The 2015 displays a dense color with purple hues. This Margaux has a full and rich nose, mainly dominated by small black berries. On the palate, the attack is enveloping, round and very tasty. A very beautiful rich and deep Margaux. A serious and successful wine. Pretty well defined nose. The wine is elegant, of good length, charming. It will evolve well as usual. Blend of 59 % Merlot, 35 % Cabernet Sauvignon ,and 6 % Petit Verdot. The cost is about 26 euros in France. Webpage: Official Chateau La Tour de Mons


I must mentioned all the above wines have been visited on site sometimes several times over the years. I do like to drink wines that I have visited no matter where, sometimes before or after the visit. Hope you enjoy these one, true and tasted I know some of them if not all can be found abroad. Check them out, it will be worth it. Enjoy the Médoc of France

And remember happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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