Good Morning Ladies & Gentlemen,
When it comes to Bordeaux you often hear the terms “Left Bank & Right Bank”. The Gironde river divides Bordeaux into two major growing areas. Located South of the river is the “Left Bank”, mainly the Medoc, which encompasses familiar regions like Margaux, Paulliac, & St. Estephe, etc. The “Right Bank”, North of the river, is comprised of two major regions, St. Emilion & Pomerol.
Mostly we think Left Bank = Cabernet Sauvignon and Right Bank = Merlot. It’s a little more specific than that though. While Cabernet Sauvignon is usually the lead varietal, the wines on the Left Bank tend to be more heavily blended. You’ll usually find 3-5 of the five Bordeaux varietals in the blend, something like “55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Petit Verdot.” This generally is the case for most of the regions in the Medoc.
The Right Bank is comprised of two major appellations, St. Emilion & Pomerol. These wines are generally dominated by a single grape variety. In St. Emilion it is Cabernet Franc, with wines usually containing somewhere between 80-90% with the remainder being Merlot. Pomerol is all about Merlot, producing the most elegant, smooth versions of the grape in the world.
Today I have for you a sample of what each side can offer. These are distinctly unique and both enjoyable in their own way, one an outstanding, versatile value and the other a richer, more hedonistic libation.
2010 Chateau Doyac Haut Medoc
“Perfectly aged and ready to drink from the prodigious 2010 vintage, this is a wonderful value from the Left Bank, a great all-purpose wine. The nose is driven by dried red fruit and contains subtle hints of cedar and earth. There is nice body and extraction here but it’s not overpowering. The tannins are dry but velvety smooth and the finish continues to linger long after your first sip. Drink Now!”
2010 Chateau Moulinet Pomerol
“This is an elegant wine from one of the best vintages in the last 100 years. Soft, round notes of kirsch, and unsweetened dark chocolate dance around on the attractive nose. The mouthfeel is a fine example of balancing a soft femininity with powerful richness. It’s full-bodied and robust in the mouth with a sexy texture that is fine as satin. Flavors of dark, stewed fruit abound along with a touch of anise and other exotic spices. Drink now or hold for another 5 years.”
This is a great pair of wines. Pick your favorite or try a little of both. The wine will be available for delivery this Friday, January 13th. Place your order now and I’ll see you Friday with wine in hand.