Good quality affordable Bordeaux, does it exist? can you find it on the high street? and can you find a bottle that you don’t need to take out a mortgage to buy one. Well, I’ve been searching for a while now and I’ve lost count of the number of bottles that I have ended up using for cooking or in extreme cases being poured down the sink. When I say affordable, for me, it’s anything under £20, now you may well think that doesn’t sound a lot for a decent Claret but my budget doesn’t stretch to the exorbitant prices you have to pay for quality that in my opinion, a lot of the time, is dubious at best.
Every supermarket normally have a range of everyday Bordeaux’s most ranging anywhere from £8 to £20 and most of them and again I stress only in my opinion fairly bland and in some cases in basic terms ‘rough as old boots’. Independent outlets may well have the answer, hopefully with some knowledgeable advice but again it’s a matter of finding the right wine at the right price.
So on to my next bottle in the elusive hunt and although I may not have found the nirvana of affordable Bordeaux I feel this Chateau Bouisson – Redon 2016 will go a long way to restoring my faith in finding the promised land of reasonably priced decent claret.
Chateau Buisson-Redon 2016 – An affordable Bordeaux
Where do I start with this bottle, well, it’s made from Merlot and Cabernet Franc sourced from just within the Fronsac region and it’s reasonably priced at £9.95, so far so good.
Beautiful colour in the glass with a heady nose of plums, cedar and cinnamon , on first sip it’s soft and approachable there’s lots of bright dark fruit, there’s some earthiness and wood with spiced nutmeg. Acidity keeps it fresh and the tannins although noticeable and slightly grippy it doesn’t detract from what is generally a soft texture.
Would benefit from a little air before drinking but this is generally a sound Bordeaux and has raised my spirits, at last a Bordeaux that doesn’t end up down the drain.
Has it restored my faith in Claret generally, perhaps but I would still like to find that special bottle but this will more than do for now, it’s from a prestige region won’t break the bank and it tastes pretty damn good, I would be quite happy to buy a case even put some aside and see how it develops over time as I’m sure it will.
No hesitation in giving this a big thumbs up, a drinkable Bordeaux for £9.95 what’s not to like.