Each year, the Bordeaux wine council puts together a selection of 100 wines knows as Today’s Bordeaux. The collection is crafted by a variety of guest judges out of a field of over 300 Bordeaux wines. The aim of Today’s Bordeaux is to represent the diversity in the wines of the region and their ability to be enjoyed by a range of palates. Affordability is a priority as well. All of the bottles in the Today’s Bordeaux collection are under $55, with 88% of the bottles priced under $35.
I had the opportunity to attend a tasting of the 2013 Today’s Bordeaux collection last week at the Tasting Table Test Kitchen in New York. While I did not get to taste all 100, I did taste enough to be able to say that they really have done a nice job of putting together a group of wines that represent a variety of tastes and occasions.
I particularly love what Today’s Bordeaux does in selecting these wines for a few reasons:
- The list provides a well-crafted and reliable avenue for people who may not normally know how to navigate the sea of selections in order to choose a bottle from the region.
- A common misconception when it comes to wines from Bordeaux is that they are as a standard high in price. The reality is a majority of the varietals are very affordable.
- The list also encompasses an array of flavor profiles. Whether your preference is dry and white or red and sweet, there really is something that spans the entire spectrum.
- Bordeaux.com also has a neat search feature available. You can search the collection of wines by criteria such as tasting notes, grape, price, and occasion in order to help you narrow down the bottle you are looking for.
Here are a few of my favorite picks from the Today’s Bordeaux tasting. You can view the entire list on their website.
La Fleur d’Amelie Blanc 2011
This is a great light-bodied white wine. It is fresh, fruity and has a long dry finish.
Pale green – almost silver – in color, the wine offers enticing aromas of lime, pineapple and tropical fruits. Sharp minerality on the palate is balanced with crisp acidity, well-integrated oak and a touch of vanilla that balances a lemony freshness and leads to a long, dry finish.
Château Ballan-Larquette 2012
My favorite of the three rosé bottles that made the list. It is the epitome of a perfect summer wine for this season. Usually priced around $12, it is extremely affordable as well.
A sweet and juicy wine with a pear nose and floral notes on the palate.
Château Lyonnat 2009
Full-bodied with silky tannins. It is a great bottle to bring along to a dinner party and pairs nicely with a steak or lamb dish.
A well-balanced and refreshing wine. Its dark nose and palate contain hints of mushroom, tobacco, cherry and herbs.
Photo credits: Alyssa Ringler for Tasting Table