Springtime Sipping with Planet Bordeaux

Hello Friends,

The warmth of spring and the seasonal light fare that accompanies it, calls out for a chilled Rosé wine or a refreshing white. Beautiful and warm days have been few and far between this spring in Virginia, so when the forecast called for a picture perfect day, I took the opportunity to make a summer berry salad, sit outdoors, and try out two wines from Planet Bordeaux. After a successful Twitter Taste-Live Planet Bordeaux event in March, which showcased several nice QPR (Quality-to-price ratio) red wines, I was eager to try the Château Lamothe-Vincent 2009 Bordeaux Rosé 2009 and Château Marac 2009 Bordeaux Blanc. For those not in the know about Planet Bordeaux, it’s a marketing campaign organized by Balzac Communications to get the word out about good affordable Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Supérieur AOC wines. Bordeaux is putting out some nice wines that hit the under $20 sweet spot, but many fall under the radar of the average consumer because your average Joe and Jane often times have trouble understanding the wine label. If you fall within this category, I recommend visiting the Planet Bordeaux website and spending a few minutes reading “Bordeaux 101.” Once you learn a few basic things and get the intimidation factor out of the way, you’ll be surprised at how easy it will be to stroll into your local wine shop and find a Bordeaux wine that you will enjoy that won’t break the bank. Enough of my rambling, lets jump into these two wines.

Springtime Sipping with Planet Bordeaux

White Bordeaux, in my humble opinion, is severely overlooked and can be found at very good price points. These wines are typically made from Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Muscadelle. The Château Marac 2009 Bordeaux Blanc, a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, offers bright lemon-lime citrus aromas with melon hints that extends to the palate ending in a clean and lively medium-length finish. The Château Lamothe-Vincent 2009 Bordeaux Rosé 2009 is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and is a bright salmon-color with fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas with vibrant and enticing fruit on the palate and a pleasing and fruity medium-length finish. Both of these wines clock in at 13.5% ABV, are very food-friendly, and for $10 per bottle, are no-brainer spring and summertime sippers. Click here to visit the Planet Bordeaux website and see if these wines are available in your corner of the world. If not, check out the Bordeaux wine selection that's available at your local shop and let me know what you found and what you thought about it. Disclosure: A sample was provided to www.myvinespot.com for review. Have a question about this post, friends? Feel free to leave a comment or send me an e-mail at myvinespot@yahoo.com, and as always, Happy Sipping! Stay tuned ...more to come!

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