Chateau Bourdieu Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2019

Chateau Bourdieu Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 2019
  • $ 15.00

The judges at Decanter’s 2020 World Wine Awards evaluated more than 8,500 red wines. Of the 452 Bordeaux among them, only five earned scores of 97 points or above… and those chart-toppers are nearly impossible to find in the US.

That’s why I'm thrilled to have secured a tiny allocation of the 2019 Château Bourdieu Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux for you all.

One swirl and sip, and you’ll see why this Bourdieu joined wines from Margaux and Pauillac in the top 2% of more than 8,500 Decanter World Wine Awards entrants. A little shy at the beginning, it opens up to fantastic black raspberry and warm plum flavors, with accents of savory leather, tobacco leaf, allspice, cedar, and crushed violet. By the time the last spicy and herbal notes finish lingering on your palate, your head will be awash in the glory of Bordeaux, and the bargain price will be the last thing on your this can easily sell for way more than I'm charging for it.

Château Bourdieu dates back to the 15th century, but its modern history goes back to proprietor Luc Schweitzer’s youth: On his way to boarding school, he’d pass by and gaze at the estate, and as time went on, he became increasingly determined that someday he’d own the gorgeous château. Over the years, Luc—who came from a family of Algerian grapegrowers—gained an even deeper appreciation for the limestone-rich terroir in Bordeaux’s sub-region of Blaye, and finally, in 1993, he realized his goal by purchasing the estate.

Ever since he took over at Bourdieu, Luc has had his mind on improvement. At the end of the first harvest, he had a new cellar built and expanded the winery’s quality by fine-tuning the winemaking with stainless steel tanks and temperature control. His efforts have not gone unnoticed: Just last year, Forbes singled Bourdieu out for making outstanding value wines that capture power “while still respecting the seduction of subtlety.”

Grown on 25-year-old vines in the gravelly loam of Château Bourdieu’s stunning estate, the 2019 consists of 87% Merlot, rounded out with Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It was aged in stainless steel and racked and manipulated minimally, all with the goal of preserving the fruit, which shines through beautifully from the opening aromas to the very last sip.

97 pts

Decanter World Wine Awards

Flamboyant and deep, with ample, lush and fresh forest fruits, bramble and cassis, with cascading sweet spice swiftly following. A super, brooding wine which will shine brighter with time.

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