Easy Drinking Bordeaux That Won’t Break the Bank

Easy Drinking Bordeaux That Won’t Break the Bank

This week’s wine bytes include short mini reviews that include some easy drinking French Bordeaux’s that won’t break the bank.

2009  Château Lamothe-Vincent Bordeaux
This wine is bright and fruity with a hint of plum and tobacco; it is an easy drinking wine to pair with a juicy burger. Enjoy! Rating: B- | $15 | 14.5% ABV

2009 Château de Bel Bordeaux Supérieur
This wine has good cherry flavors, finishes smooth and toasty; it is a great every day drinking wine.  Rating: B- | $15 | 14.0% ABV

2008 Château Reignac Bordeaux Supérieur
A very dusty wine with a good dose of cherry and spice; pair this with grilled lamb. Rating: B | $20 | 13.5% ABV

2005 Château Larteau Bordeaux Supérieur
Meaty, smoky notes with plum, fennel and anise flavors; decant for an hour to bring forward good cigar-box and cherry flavors.  Medium-bodied, well rounded every day drinking wine that would pair well with anything grilled like a prime strip steak or lamb. Rating: B | $16 | 13.5% ABV

2010 Château de Parenchère Bordeaux Clairet
This is a well-made wine but I have a hard time identifying an audience that might enjoy it. After spending an hour pulling up my long-term memory, I could not identify one customer from all my years of serving wine (as a sommelier, off-premise retailer and tasting room host) that would enjoy it. The aromas elude burned rose pedals with a spicy bite of raspberries and cough medicine. Having said this, I can’t recommend it. I really wanted to like this wine but it goes against the grain of expectation for a light and fruity easy drinking claret that was prized by the English in former centuries. Rating: D | $12 | 14.0% ABV


About the Author:

Editor and co-founder of Enobytes.com, Pamela is a sommelier and former restaurant manager and wine buyer with Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET), Court of Master Sommeliers & Center for Wine Origins certification. She has contributed to or been quoted by various publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Sommelier Journal, Vegetarian Times, VIV Magazine, UC-Berkeley Astrobiology News, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, NPR and USA Today. True to her roots, she seeks varietal and appellation integrity and is always passionate about finding the next great bottle of wine.


  1. Linda December 23, 2011 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    I have tasted the Larteau Bordeaux you mention and agree it is a good every day drinking wine–good drinking at a decent price.

    • enobytes December 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM - Reply

      Completely agree.

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