This Bordeaux wine review is part of our value wine series. A series of reviews aimed at exposing great tasting wines that are both accessible and won’t break the bank.
Looking for a nice quality Bordeaux but don’t want to spend a ton of money for a decent vintage? Trader Joe’s hears you. The Les Portes de Bordeaux Haut Medoc 2012 can be found at Trader Joe’s throughout 2015 for as little as $ 9.
Les Portes de Bordeaux Haut Medoc Review
The Les Portdes de Bordeaux Haut Medoc red wine blend is made up of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. This combination of varietals, with Cabernet being most dominant, is typical for Bordeaux wines produced on the left bank of Bordeaux in Haut Medoc. For the price (just 9 bucks), the Les Portes de Bordeaux 2012 is hard to beat. We highly recommend you grab this wine and try sampling it alongside either lamb, pizza or tomato based pasta dishes. It’s also balanced and light enough that it can be drank on its own.
Tasting Notes for Les Portes de Bordeaux Haut Medoc 2012
This is a lighter-bodied Bordeaux blend. In the glass, this wine emits color hues that mimic flavors on the palate. It’s relatively translucent and characterized by a rustic cherry tomato and cranberry hue. The nose is bright and backed by hints of tea leaf, cranberry and violet. On the opening palate, we get big bits of bright red fruit. Tomato, cranberry, rusty underbrush and ripe red cherry. The mid-palate brings out a bit of cracked red spice with elevated acidity. Mineral notes are subtle, and almost appear to be a combination of gravel and clay.