Bordeaux (Red) wine, famous the world over
Bordeaux is a world-famous wine producing region in southwestern France. Bordeaux wines are almost always blends. The most important grape varieties in red Bordeaux wines are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Bordeaux produces well over half a billion bottles of wine a year, mostly red. Suggested food pairings include Game whether roasted or prepared as a Steak, Osso Buco, Pheasant, and Quail. See the specific Bordeaux wines for more details.
Bordeaux (Red) starts at about $10-12 a bottle. For starters go with Beatrice Lurton's Château Grossombre in the $15 range for a medium-bodied tangy wine with vanilla and red fruits. For about $5 more try a fruity, somewhat toasty Château Roquetaillade la Grange. The vineyard once belonged to Pope Clement V's family in the Fourteenth Century. For a real treat spend about $50 on a bottle of Jean-Luc Thunevin's 3 De Valandraud with soft, silky tannins and a great combination of oak and fruit. If you are happy with this wine, who wouldn't be, and its price, you can move up the ladder and get one of Thunevin's better wines.