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The Original Cab-Merlot Blend




Bordeaux. Weighty word. Leads one to visions of wood paneled clubs with James Bond sitting in a leather wing backed chair discussing the virtues of the 1947 vintage versus the 1961 vintage of Chateau de Wagga Wagga. Quite a scary prospect, eh?


Well, it shouldn't be. Every day we have people coming in professing their love for the new blends of Cabernet and Merlot. Little do they realize that this is what Bordeaux is. Sure, some of the world's most expensive wines come from this hallowed region of France, but one must recall that over 700 million bottles of wine are produced in Bordeaux each year. This is versus only around 77 million bottles produced in Napa. Just as not every Napa wine is an expensive cult wine there are many very good value wines in Bordeaux as well.


Very often we banter about words such as Meritage (which, by the way, rhymes with heritage) and claret. What both of these words refer to are the history of their origins in Bordeaux. Meritage is nothing more than a copyrighted name referring to a blend of traditional Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. In addition, the word claret on a bottle refers to the same blend, referencing the British propensity to refer to wines from Bordeaux as Clarets.


Next time you are thinking about having a great blend, think about visiting our newly expanded European wine section and swing by Bordeaux for some of these new, exciting, original blends:


ImageChateau St. Julian Bordeaux Superior 2006. With holdings of 30 hectares in the Entre-deux-Mers region, Ch. St. Julian's vines are grown on clay-limestone with an average age of 30 years. The wine is a delicious blend of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Cabernet Franc. This is a smooth wine with aromas of dark berry and spice. Top Pick in the Wall Street Journal. Only 16.99!!!


ImageSirius Bordeaux 2008. This wine is a sustained garnet red with ruby and dark purple tints. Powerful from first sniff, it opens out to display a rich palate of red fruits, vanilla and spice with toasty notes. The meaty, beautifully round attack gives way to a superbly textured palate followed by an aftertaste which is just begging to unfold. The ripe tannins afford delicious balance and fine length without astringency to this blend. Only 13.99!!!


Cadet du Roy Bordeaux 2009. With notes of pencil shavings and cedar rounded out with thick luscious fruit, this Bordeaux supplies everything you could want at a bargain basement price. Cassis and black plum ooze from this blend of Cabernet and Merlot leading to a full, smooth finish. Only 13.99!!!


Special prices good through 2/1/12 while supplies last.

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