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Chevalier du Grand Robert

Chevalier du Grand Robert
2017 Bordeaux Supèrieur, Bordeaux AOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 12.5%
88 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$14
Best Buy

Chevalier du Grand Robert
2017 Bordeaux Supèrieur, Bordeaux AOC

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 12.5%
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of plum tart, cranberry sauce, green peppercorns, rosemary, and smoke with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Bordeaux AOC ready to pair.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: plum tart, cranberry sauce, green peppercorns, rosemary, and smoke
Taste Flavor: plum tart, cranberry sauce, green peppercorns, rosemary, and smoke
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rock solid Bordeaux AOC ready to pair.

The Importer

Boutique Bev

The Importer
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Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
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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.