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Downton Abbey Bordeaux Claret 2012

Bordeaux Red Blends from Bordeaux, France

Price: $16.99
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Item No. 127330
Style: Smooth & Supple

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.

Winemaker's Notes

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 colour, 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

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KathyWarner - Beaverton, OR (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(1/8/2014)
Style: 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 !!
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KMSC - Healdsburg, CA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(10/24/2013)
Style: 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...)
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new-winer - Northfield, OH (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(1/24/2014)
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.
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Learn About Downton Abbey

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...

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Learn 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...

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Learn About Bordeaux Red Blends

Bordeaux Blends The Fab Five With so much history under its belt, it's no wonder that Bordeaux has figured out the recipe to produce amazing wines. Centuries of making (and drinking) wine led to the blend that has become synonomous with Bordeaux. Winemakers in the New World replicate this formula to create successful blends in their respective regions - you may see Bordeaux blends...

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