Chateau Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
Wine Spectator - "A minerally and fruity wine, but subdued and balanced. Medium-bodied, with fine tannins and a long finish. Barrel Score: 88-91"
Chateau Beaulieu Winery
Aptly named "beautiful place," the sprawling 300 hectare Château Beaulieu estate is located just outside the village of Rognes in the heart of the southeastern region of Provence, France. It is the most expansive estate in the Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence appellation with 180 hectares of centuries old vines interspersed with stately oak, almond, and truffle trees. The vineyards are planted along the slopes of the dormant La Trévaresse volcano. The expansive estate benefits from a moderate Mediterranean climate and plays host to a diverse range of mineral-rich soils (calcareous clay and volcanic basalt) which contribute to the wine’s complexity.
Dating back to the 16th Century, Château Beaulieu was historically home to the great noble families of Provence. It was purchased in 2000 by Pierre Guénant who made significant investments to restore the Château to its original glory, upgrade the vineyards, and innovate the viticultural and winemaking philosophy to create superior quality Provencal blends from 100% estate-grown fruit. View all Chateau Beaulieu Wines
About Other BordeauxA few extra appellations:
Bourg & Blaye
These two appellations are just across the Gironde river from the Haut-Medoc – a bit northwest of St-Émilion and its satellites. Bourg is the smaller appellation, nestled under the much bigger Blaye. Both have AC status, Cotes de Bourg AC and Cotes de Blaye AC. One step up on the AOC chain is the Premieres Cotes de Blaye AC, producing excellent red wines. Both regions rely primarily on Merlot, blending with Cabernet Sauvignon and some Cabernet Franc. Whites are allowed here too – usually Sauvignon Blanc, creating dry and pleasant wine.
Listrac & Moulis
These two appellations are situated in the western part of the Medoc, in that they are further inland from their more prestigious neighbor communes like Margaux and Pauillac. In typically Medoc fashion, the wines are based on Cabernet Sauvignon. Due to their location further inland, the soils are dense and retain water, leading to wines that can be more rustic than those wines from communes on the riverbanks. But seek out the good producers, as many bargains are to be had in the Cru Bourgeois of these regions.
Entre Deux Mers is not exactly what it means – between two seas - as technically it's between two rivers. The wines produced in this region, sandwiched between the Garonne & Dardogne rivers, are light and charming and often reasonably priced. The AC of Entre Deux Mers is only for white wines, reds from the region will be listed as Bordeaux AC. Like other Bordeaux whites, wines of the area are made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. Light, crisp, citrus-y and floral, these wines are great summer drinkers.
Bordeaux & Bordeaux Superior
Bordeaux wines that do not fall under a specific appellation are labeled "Appellation Bordeaux" or "Appellation Bordeaux Superieur." The majority of wines made in Bordeaux fall into one of these categories. Wines from these two classifications are made with grapes that come from any appellation within Bordeaux – white or red. Most of the wines are white, and much of the red comes from Entre Deux Mers, where only white wines can bear the namesake appellation on their label. Bordeaux Superior has slightly stricter regulations than the Bordeaux AC.
About France - Other regionsWhen it comes to wine, France is a classic. Classic blends, grapes and styles began in the country and they still remain. Think about it - people ask for a Burgundian style Pinot Noir, they refer to wines as Bordeaux or Rhone blends - Champagne even had to pass a law to stop international wineries from putting their region on the label of all sparkling wine.
The top regions of France are: Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, Languedoc-Roussillon, Loire, Rhone. And these regions are so diverse! It makes sense that wine regions throughout the world try to emulate their style. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah are no longer French varieties, but international varieties. They may not be the leader of cutting edge technology or value-priced wines, but there is no doubt that they are still producing wines of great quality and diversity.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4 out of 5 stars
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- 4 Stars: 6
- 3 Stars: 1
- 2 Stars: 0
- 1 Stars: 0
9 ratings, 7 with reviewshrndfrg - Huntsville, TX410/7/2014Adam Z - Brooklyn, NY35/27/2014jul&fab - East Petersburg, PA55/21/2014
A good bottle of Bordeaux. Really Worth it for the price.allans - Parkville, MD42/8/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Black cherry, molasses, straw and black pepper on the nose with some floral notes. Medium body with a soft mouthfeel. Flavor profile shows ripe black fruits. I like the complexity and easy drinking ability of this wine. Pairs well with pasta and marinara, really brings out the black pepper. For $13, can't go wrong.Marc M - Long Island City, NY42/2/2014
- Smooth & Supple
OK Bordeaux for $13MICHAEL HENNESY - Mount Juliet, TN41/25/2014
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
Dark currant and earthy aromas lead into black fruit flavors with a dry mild tannin finish . A good value for a French red blend from Bordeaux.BOB HUGUS - Neptune, NJ41/14/2014
- Earth & Spicy
- Pair With
- Cheese > Blue
SMOOTH, FRUITY AN DELICIOUS. I DRINK RED WITH EVERYTHING BUT A GOOD STEAK WOULD BE FINE WITH THIS.Chelsea Starr - Minot, ND51/11/2014
- Smooth & Supple
You can't beat this for value. It's very well balanced.Chrissyrose - Las Vegas, NV41/10/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Nice and smooth bold taste very good and at a very good price
- Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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