Downton Abbey Bordeaux Claret 2012
Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France
- red wine
- Smooth & Supple
- 13.0% abv
This classic Bordeaux red blend or "Claret" is an elegant, dry wine made with grapes from the renowned Entre-Deux-Mers ("between two seas") region of Bordeaux, France. Here, sun-drenched vineyards on well-draining limestone and clay soils are situated between the Garonne and Dordogne Rivers. Warm days and cool evenings provide optimal growing conditions for the slow ripening of grapes and excellent flavour development.
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec -- three of the classic grape varieties of Bordeaux – were blended together in crafting this wine. Fruit was sourced from premium vineyards in the eastern part of Entre-Deux-Mers, a terroir particularly well-suited to these varietals. The wine was made using traditional vinification practices: Each varietal was vinified separately including temperature-controlled macerations of 4-5 weeks for maximum extraction of flavour and colour. The wines were then aged an additional nine months prior to final blending.
Deep purple in color, this wine reveals gorgeous scents of wild berries including blackberries, raspberries and black currants in the glass. Additional spicy notes and hints of violet are contributed by the Malbec. On the round, well-balanced palate, more ripe fruit flavours merge seamlessly with velvety tannins from the Merlot. Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend gives added freshness, backbone and age-worthiness to this authentic Bordeaux bottling.
An excellent food wine, enjoy this Bordeaux Claret with chesses, game, grilled red meats, hearty stews and more.
Blend: 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec
Downton Abbey Winery
Made in the finest Bordeaux winemaking tradition, The Downton Abbey Wine Collection authentically recreates the imported French wines favored by Lord and Lady Grantham and the British nobility of the 1900s, yet are equally at home on today's tables.
Enlisting time-honored winemaking practices, as well as modern techniques, Downton Abbey Wines are crafted with premium fruit from the famed Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, France by Dulong Grand Vins, a family-owned vineyard with more than 130 years of winemaking experience.
Fifth-generation winemaker Jean-Marc Dulong (whose ancestors might well have made the very wines enjoyed at Downton) has created a collection of wines that are eminently drinkable: Downton Abbey Blanc is a light and crisp white blend, while Downton Abbey Claret is a medium-bodied red with bright fruit and a silky finish.
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About Other Bordeaux
A 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 regions
When 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.
14 ratings, 8 with reviews
- Light & Fruity
This is a legit Bordeaux. Should have with food, preferably beef. If you are looking for a full-bodied California Cab, this is not for you. But if you are looking for a wonderful example of a French Bordeaux at a great price, this is a fantastic wine.
- Smooth & Supple
Love it! A freind brought both over, knowing I am a huge fan. Nice, smooth - would be a really good food wine. I will definitely be taking this to all my DA fan friends (has a cool quote from the show on the back label...)
Ehh. Much better with food.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
Thoroughly enjoyed this Claret. Great with steak. Wonderful flavors.
I love Reds,thought this would be PERFECTION for my Downton Abbey Christmas Dinner Party(2015).Think I'll stick to the DA Cab.Sav. This color was so profound, two sips & my tongue was discolored all day. The thing I didn't like MOST...globs(beads)of the Claret were sticking to the rim of glass & settling in the bottom of my glass. Wiped it off_had a deeper color than the wine itself. Even after shaking the bottle to rid of settlements_ it was still a prominent factor. I wonder if maybe I just got a bad bottle ?
- Light & Fruity
Nice wine for the price. Went well with our Xmas roast goose dinner.
Might be better with a little age on it. A little bit watery on the front end, and no follow through on the taste. As much as I like Merlot, a bit more Cab, and a little less Merlot, and this could be a good wine.
- Smooth & Supple
My husband usually buys el-cheapo stuff so his eyes bugged out when I told him what I paid for this (as a gift!!) but once he tasted it he knew why it is a few $$ more --- you get what you pay for ... He loves it ! ... And I usually don't drink reds because of the bitter, biting, burning tastes but this is the smoothest red wine I have ever had and can actually drink it AND enjoy ... I highly recommend... Haven't tried the white yet and can't wait to do so !!
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.