Full Review

Château Berthenon

Château Berthenon
2016 Tradition, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$19
Cellar Selection

Château Berthenon
2016 Tradition, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13.5%
Clear black ruby color. Aromas of chocolate genache, raspberry coulis, medjool date, smoky tobacco, and rose bouquet with a satiny, lively, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, compelling, medium-length tar, spice cabinet, and dried fig finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A nice Blaye that may enamor some Nebbiolo drinkers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: chocolate genache, raspberry coulis, medjool date, smoky tobacco, and rose bouquet
Taste Flavor: tar, spice cabinet, and dried fig
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Short Ribs With Mushrooms, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice Blaye that may enamor some Nebbiolo drinkers.

The Producer

Henri Ponz GFA

The Producer
3 Le Barrail
Chateau Berthenon
Saint Paul, 33390
France
33 -557425224

Their Portfolio

87 Chateau Berthenon 2015 Red Blend, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $19.00.
83 Château Berthenon 2015 Cuvée Henri Red Blend, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $29.00.
89 Château Berthenon 2015 Cuvée Chloe Red Blend, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $34.50.
88 Château Berthenon 2016 Tradition, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $19.00.
86 Château Berthenon 2016 Cuvée Henri, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 12.5% (France) $29.00.
87 Château Berthenon 2016 Cuvée Chloé, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $34.50.
90 Château du Père Antoine 2012 Bordeaux Rouge 13.5% (France) $15.00.
88 Château du Père Antoine 2015 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $19.00.
87 Château du Père Antoine 2015 Cuvée Paul, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $29.00.
93 Château du Père Antoine 2015 Cuvée Oliva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $34.50.
89 Château du Père Antoine 2016 Sauvignon Gris, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 12.5% (France) $14.90.
87 Château du Père Antoine 2014 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13% (France) $19.00.
92 Château du Père Antoine 2010 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $20.00.
91 Château du Père Antoine 2008 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $21.00.
92 Château du Père Antoine 2014 Cuvée Paul, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $19.50.
85 Château du Père Antoine 2012 Cuvée Paul, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $30.00.
95 Château du Père Antoine 2014 Cuvée Oliva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 14% (France) $35.00.
88 Château du Père Antoine 2012 Cuvée Oliva, Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $35.50.
89 Château du Père Antoine 2016 Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux 13.5% (France) $19.00.

Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
The greatness of red wines from France's Bordeaux region can be largely attributed to the art of blending. There are five red varieties that can be used in a Bordeaux red: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec (this last is rarely seen anymore in Bordeaux).

The reason for blending several grapes to craft the final wine is for greater complexity as well as elegance. Each grape has various characteristics and can attribute special qualities to the final wine. Cabernet Sauvignon is powerful and tannins, while Merlot has lighter tannins, while Cabernet Franc has a spicy, peppery quality to it. Blending these grapes together will round out all of these qualities; sort of a "the whole is greater than the sum of the parts" rationale.

This principal of blending is used in many regions besides Bordeaux, especially in California, were the blends are often given proprietary names, like Opus One, Insignia, and Quintessa. US blends of Bordeaux varietals may also be labeled, in addition to their proprietary name, by the designation of Meritage if they are approved and licensed by the Meritage Alliance.

Blending in Bordeaux is common not only on the prestigious wines from historic estates that cost hundreds of dollars per bottle, but also on the lighter-styled wines that are priced in the mid-teens. Aging potential can often be directly linked to the price of the wine, from three to five years to three to five decades.

Pair these wines with most red meats, games or roasts.