It’s finally fall in LA *knock on wood* and I am gripping on to sweater weather tighter than my steering wheel in rush hour traffic. Sliiiight overstatement, but loving the cloudy weather today. I know– my family and friends in Chicago are probably rolling their eyes at me saying this, but it’s true! Absence makes the heart grow fonder, no?
Speaking of fondness, I will always be a lover of Bordeaux blends- particularly those from the right bank. *Side* does matter!!
Let’s talk specifics
In a nutshell (like all areas of France I’ve covered) location a.k.a. terroir makes all the difference. The Garonne river divides Bordeaux in half creating a left bank and a right bank.
Wines from this side are generally higher in tannins, acidity and alcohol. That’s because the Cabernet varietal composes more than half of the blend. This side made the region famous. Médoc and Margaux are noteable areas to look for on the label.
Wines from the right side are a bit more “feminine” meaning they are less tannic, acidic and lower in alcohol. They are generally ready to drink earlier too and tend to have a lower sticker price. St. Émilion is a notable area to look for on the label.
Because of labeling laws, all Bordeaux wines will note the location. If you’re unsure of whether it’s a right or left bank feel free to ask the store owner if you’re in a wine shop. If not, just google the location et voilà! You’ll have your answer which will help you “guess” the notes of said bottle.
left bank picks
2011 Château Greysac Medoc notes of dark berries, hint of licorice and cedar. This is a well balanced elegant wine.
2012 Château Fage, Graves de Vayres notes of dark and red fruits with some cooking spice. Really great and a bang for your buck.
right bank pick
2010 Château Moulin, Canon Fronsac an organic wine that is incredibly smooth and the earthy notes balance the fruit.