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Chateau Bu-De

Chateau Bu-De
2014 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$30

Chateau Bu-De
2014 Merlot, American

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta

Category: Merlot

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.4% RS: <1%
Clear dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry, cassis, leather, cigar box, and graphite with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, easy finish that presents accents of beets and eucalyptus with soft, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A charming little Merlot with sophistication and style fit for many a dish & drinker.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, Fruity & Oaky
Aroma Aroma: blueberry, cassis, leather, cigar box, and graphite
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of beets and eucalyptus
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Red Wine Braised Shortribs, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A charming little Merlot with sophistication and style fit for many a dish & drinker.

The Producer

Chateau Bu-De

The Producer
237 Bohemia Manor Farm Lane
Chesapeake City, MD 21915
USA
1 410-885-2500

Their Portfolio

Merlot

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Merlot is a red variety that is loved by consumers, yet often shunned by certain wine gurus and critics, as they perceive these wines as “little sisters” to the more powerful Cabernet Sauvignon. Yet on its own, the best examples of Merlot are multi-layered, complex wines that are among the finest in the world.

Merlot has many similar flavors to Cabernet Sauvignon, especially with its cherry and plum fruit, but is has fewer, less sharp tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. Many producers whether in Bordeaux, America, Chile or elsewhere, often blend small percentages of Merlot into Cabernet Sauvignon to lessen the tannic bitterness of the latter.

A few districts in France’s Bordeaux region, namely Pomerol, are home to the greatest examples of Merlot. Chateau Petrus is the world’s most famous example of Merlot, a powerful wine that ages beautifully for 30 or 40 years in the best vintages. There are also celebrated examples from American, especially in Washington’s Walla Walla valley as well as in Napa Valley in California. Merlot is also very successful in Chile, New Zealand and even in certain part of Italy.

Merlot pairs best with foods such as lamb or veal, but it also sought out by consumers to accompany steaks and roast when they want a rounder, more elegant red wine.