Tasting notes: almost 70 Bordeaux reds priced under $40

todaysbordeauxI recently attended the Bordeaux Wine Council’s fourth annual “Today’s Bordeaux” tasting, which featured a flight of 100 wines from Bordeaux. These wines, which featured mostly reds, were culled from an initial selection of 350 wines that were nominated by U.S. wine importers. Of these preliminary wines, the top 100 were selceted during a blind tasting held in December 2008. Prices of the wines ranged from $8 to $35, so “Today’s Bordeaux” presented a great opportunity to scout for some bargains.

Over a three-hour session, I tasted all of the reds that were offered (there was simply not enough time to also focus on the whites). I compiled tasting notes for nearly 70 wines, making notes of my favorites along the way. Among this short list, I compared my results and preferences with a friend who is also in the wine business. In total, we agreed on 14 of the wines, and we probably had about five or six each that were not consensus picks. Below is an alphabetical list of the wines that we both liked:

Château Armens 2005 ($25): 70% MR, 30% CF

Château Bel-Air La Royere 2005 ($29): 70% MR, 30% MB

Chateau Beauregard Ducase 2005 ($21): 50% MR, 45% CS, 5% CF

• Château Clarke 2005 ($30): 48% CS, 42% MR, 8% CF, 2% PV

• Château La Couronne 2005 ($22): 90% MR, 5% CS, 5% CF

• Château La Fleur Bibian 2005 ($15): 60% MR, 40% CS

• Château Lagrange Clinet 2006 ($12): 60% MR, 25% CS, 15% CF

• Château Leydet-Valentin 2005 ($30): 70% MR, 30% CF

• Château Plain Point 2005 ($20): 75% MR, 20% CS, 5% CF

• Château Saint Christoly 2005 ($23): 55% MR, 45% CS

• Château Tour de Calens 2005 ($22): 60% CS, 34% MR, 6% CF

• Château Yon Saint Martin 2003 ($30): 80% MR, 20% CF

• Château Yveline 2005 ($30): 50% MR, 50% CF

Grand Bateau 2005 ($13): 75% MR, 25% CS

If you were also at the “Today’s Bordeaux” tasting — which was also held in New York, Boston, Miami and Seattle — please add your own impressions in the comments below.

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