A Nice Pair

A Nice Pair

Posted on May, 24. 2010 by

Categories: Wine

I was glad to be able to steal the title of Pink Floyds third album for the title of this offer as I have recently obtained excellent tickets to see Roger Waters perform The Wall in its entirety this October. Big fan here, but that has nothing to do with today’s two wines.

In all my time of learning about and selling wines I have come to value above all other things the ability to find greatness at low price points. Sure we love to source the most epic wines of all time here at the Guild. There is a thrill in getting first dibs on this rare Grand Cru Burgundy or that awesome second growth Bordeaux or even that cult California Cab. Shoot, at the prices we can offer these things out at we are one of the cheapest ways to buy any of the great wines of the world. That said, “the great wines” are still going to fall in the $50/btl and up price range and even at near to cost I drink those wines quite rarely and for special occasions when I do.

No, the real magic for me is when we find amazing drinking wines in the $10 and under category. Something I can stack up in my house to help me keep my hands off of the good stuff for a while. With the Euro lately it has gotten harder and harder to find these inexpensive gems which make one that much more grateful when they do.

Harder still is the really low priced wines, the $6 & $7 wine that is really worth the bottle and cork they used to ship it. We have found a lot coming out of Portugal in this price point that has been just unbelievable (I still believe that they are the last untapped old world style wine market left). But outside of Portugal and Spain it has been hard to find good cheap wine. Until now. From within the Bordeaux futures samples I have been tasting from Specialty Beverage, there emerged a line up from an unheard of little Bergerac estate that caught my attention.

Bergerac is a growing region just 50 miles from Bordeaux in the greater “South West” region of France that has been making wine since ancient times. The style of wines made there look to Bordeaux itself for inspiration and are composed of the same grape types often with a similar palate.

The white wine is almost half and half Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion. It is done in a soft and rounded style more typical of a table white Bordeaux with no sharp grassyness or edgy Sauv Blanc qualities. It is simply a clean crisp round white wine that is enjoyable as a cocktail wine for it unobtrusiveness but could hold up to light dishes of white fish and would be optimal for trout.

The red is almost 50/50 Cab Sauv and Merlot. I really liked this wine as a light Bordeaux. Usually when you get an inexpensive Bordeaux at this level there is a lot of Franc and a lot of that pencil shavings quality that some like and other not so much. This wine had none of that, it was all the red currant and cocoa flavors that Bordeaux gets but delivered in a light and delicate robe. Pretty much a gulping style Bordeaux flavored Bergerac that would be well served with a slight chill on a hot day. This is perfect summer red wine and would make a great red to serve with spicy Cajun foods, pork dishes, hamburgers etc…

Both of these wines are well made, delightful and very worth your consideration as low end wines that will not give you that “cheap wine headache.” Not knowing what the interest would be I only ordered 5 cases of each of these. I may be able to get more so order what you want and I will do my best. The wine will not arrive until early June so there is another couple weeks or so until it hits.

2009 Seigneurs de Bergerac Blanc
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $6.05 • Premier Cru: $6.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $8.25
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2009 Seigneurs de Bergerac Rouge
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $6.05 • Premier Cru: $6.33 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $8.25
Buy this wine!

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