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Maison Riche

Maison Riche
2021 Red Blend, Bordeaux Supèrieur

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$13
Best Buy

Maison Riche
2021 Red Blend, Bordeaux Supèrieur

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Bordeaux Red Varietal Blend

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 13%
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of grilled red plum, sautéed bell pepper, red and black currants, and tomato leaf with a round, crisp, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of cherry and plum and currants with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. Fruity and savory with excellent structural elements; exactly what you want from a top rate table wine.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: grilled red plum, sautéed bell pepper, red and black currants, and tomato leaf
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of cherry and plum and currants
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Pot Roast, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Fruity and savory with excellent structural elements; exactly what you want from a top rate table wine.

The Importer

Boutique Bev

The Importer
1319 Military Cutoff Rd. Ste CC #220
Wilmington, NC 28405
USA
1 910-210-6162

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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.