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93 Point Bordeaux for $34 – 2012 Fleur Cardinale (RP93 $33.95)

July 8, 2015 90+ BargainsHigh End Values  No comments

ETIQ.-Fl-Cardinale-2012 ScaledDespite Bordeaux having a reputation for high prices, even in so-so vintages, tons of values exist outside the collectible wines.  By collectible, I mean wines that are purchased to be resold, vs. purchased to age and drink.  When it comes to Bordeaux, I look for strong labels in middle-of-the-road years. These are years that aren't total flops (2013) nor mega hyped (2009, 2010).  Strong labels produce great wines in all but the worst vintages, but because Bordeaux's pricing is highly volatile, mostly on the perceived quality of the vintage, middle-of-the-road years tend to produce the best values.

That brings us to the 2012 Fleur Cardinale, a wine whose 2005 vintage - which scored a single point higher - is now selling for $70.  Why?  See above on highly pumped years combined with 10

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A 93 Point Margaux Bordeaux For Under $25

March 29, 2012 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

The 2009 Bordeaux vintage saw prices hit their highest level ever.  That vintage also arguably saw quality hit its highest level ever which means, though prices are high, there are more diamonds in the rough if you're willing to look beyond the well-known players.

This is certainly one of those diamonds in the rough.  Hailing from the renowned Margaux appellation, home of the $1600/bottle first growth Chateaux Margaux, Chateau Marsac Seguineau produced a heck of a wine in 2009.  Get used to that theme because we are only at the beginning of the 2009 release cycle.

Moderate oak influence on the nose is well-balanced with blackberry and spice scents.  A full-bodied palate is indicative of the ripe vintage and though drinking great now, this is a firmly tannic wine that will improve

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Chateau de Bel – One ’09′s first Bordeaux bargains $15.95

October 19, 2011 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  No comments

2009 (along with 2005 and 2010) is being touted as the Bordeaux vintage of the decade.  And as silly as that might sound, it's really pretty awesome.  We all get to drink a bunch of great Bordeaux and we have three vintages to pick from!  The 2005 vintage is pretty much gone (though LA Wine Co has a few left) and with a four year gap between '05 and '09, Bordeaux lovers have been a little short on great values (though you can always buy expensive wine from any vintage).

This wine is 100% Merlot and tastes like a perfect mix of California richness and French finesse.  Winemaker Jeff Carrel crafted it in a modern style that makes it perfectly drinkable today, though it will likely drink great for the next 5-7 years.  This is a serious wine that I would be thrilled with as a daily drinker

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A Potential 91 point Bordeaux for $16!

July 11, 2011 Daily Drinkers  One comment

After an extended break due to a new job (and the crazy hours that come with it), we're back with enough wine deals to make your head spin - literally and figuratively.  Thanks for sticking with Nickel and Dime Wine.  I guarantee your patience will pay off!

Cheap Bordeaux is usually just that: cheap.  Yields are so high on bulk Bordeaux grapes that the wine can taste like a watered down form of something that might have been otherwise drinkable.  So when I see a wine from the Bordeaux Superior appellation with a 91 point score from the Bordeaux Man himself, Robert Parker, I start to pay attention.  Bordeaux Superior is reserved for grapes grown outside of more prestigious appellations like Margaux, Pomerol and Saint-Emilion.  It's, in a word, generic.

The 2008 Chateau Tirepe la Cote

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A 90 Point Bordeaux for under $10. Now THAT’S a deal!

June 6, 2011 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  No comments

All I can say to myself as I'm drinking this wine is "wow".  This is an incredibly good wine and it's under $10 a bottle.  As I drink more and more wine, it becomes harder to be impressed by a given wine.  That's what makes this wine an absolutely staggering value.

This wine comes from the largest and least prestigious Bordeaux appellation called Bordeaux Superieur.  But, especially in Bordeaux, lack of appellation prestige means lack of appellation pricing.  Put a Pomerol designation on this label and watch the price multiply by 10x. Minimum.  Savvy wine buyers the world over know to look outside the famous and thus, price inflated appellations, for the real values.

Blackberry and bing cherry dominate the nose and palate of this wine, with a hint of toasty oak bringing everything

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What I Learned from a ’62 Chateau Latour

April 28, 2011 Cellar WorthySpecial Occasions  No comments

I'm acquainted with a gentleman named Ric Elias, who was on flight 1549 that ditched in the Hudson River, saved only by the brilliant flying of Captain "Sully" Sullenberger.  He no longer saves his best wines, instead saying "I collect bad wines.  Because if the person is there and the wine is ready, I'm opening it".  I experienced that mantra this week and I was lucky enough to be the person that was there.

Watch Ric's video here.  It's pretty powerful stuff.

I was in Kansas City on business and had the pleasure of sharing a glass of wine with a new friend, Fred, at his house.  He just did an extensive and very cool renovation of a 1970's modern, part of which included a large wine cellar.  As I was admiring his collection, I noticed a bunch of old bottles, one of which Fred (my

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A RP 95 point Bordeaux: ’05 Chateau Fleur Cardinale $59.95

March 20, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  No comments

Today's post is written by Brian Hewitt, guest blogger, wine lover/collector and father of your's truly.

Let’s face it, consistently picking a knock-out Bordeaux is more of a challenge than picking a killer California cab. Bordeaux is nearly eight times the size of Napa Valley, so naturally, there is a wider range of styles produced there. Add in the significant variation from vintage to vintage and picking a winner can be a challenge.  Knowing this, my usual plan is to try it first on someone else’s nickel. I violated my own rule for a weekend trip to Scottsdale, bought a single bottle of 2005 Chateau Fleur Cardinale and am running back for more.

My average price per bottle is creeping higher (we can argue about the long term impact of that later) but I still think about it

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When 2005 Bordeaux is still available, why buy ’09? A 93, 92 and 91 pointer

January 18, 2011 Cellar WorthyHigh End Values  One comment

All the buzz right now is around 2009 Bordeaux.  Somehow, it's the third "vintage of the decade" (along with 2000 and 2005), and won't even be released until next year.  I have no doubt that the '09 vintage is absolutely awesome, but until it came around, '05 was the best Bordeaux vintage since 1983, and with some great '05 Bordeaux still on the market, I have to ask why worry about 2009.  Many of the '05's are starting to mature, showing well after 5 years of age.
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One particularly good value, which I've written about before, is Chateau La Vieille Cure from Bordeaux's Fronsac appellation.  I bought this on futures three years ago and finally opened my first bottle this weekend.  Wow.  Rich, ripe and dense, it's almost black in the glass, with enough structure to support

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Blind tastings are to wine what strip poker is to love.

November 5, 2010 How To  No comments

The title of this post is a quote by the famous wine importer Kermit Lynch.  I've been on the fence as to whether or not I believe in blind tasting, but recently have come to believe, that much like strip poker, you aren't getting the whole experience if you judge a wine blind.

Robert Parker has taken a lot of heat recently because he tastes blind "whenever possible", which is likely not very often since he conducts both barrel and bottle tastings at the winery.  In 2009, Parker conducted a 2005 Bordeaux blind tasting during which he misidentified most wines and proclaimed wines he had previously given lower scores to be his favorites of the night.  On the other hand, Wine Spectator tastes all of their wine blind but, in my opinion, part of the wine experience is knowing the producer,

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Yes there is still good 2005 Bordeaux left. WS90 $17.95

August 3, 2010 Cellar WorthyDaily Drinkers  One comment

The Bordeaux marketing machine heralded the 2005 vintage as the best since '82, and with good reason.  The wines are historically concentrated, highly age-worthy and balanced despite their high alcohol levels.  Many of the best 2005 Bordeaux values are long since sold out, but some values remain for the savvy shopper.  Case in point, the 2005 Chateau Domaine de Courteillac which is drinkable now, likely to improve with age, and, most importantly, is a great value.

This wine pours a deep, nearly opaque red.  The nose is still somewhat closed but its potential shows in the mouth where this Bordeaux is particularly silky with firm, but approachable tannins and a middle length finish.  Some of the 25% new oak shows through, making it clear that this is a serious Bordeaux.

I have a good

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