2010 Manon La Lagune Bordeaux
For those Costco shoppers that like to play “cat and mouse”, I think I’ve found a wine that Costco’s buyers tried to sneak by us. Hopefully, we can ensure that their sinister plot has failed. The evidence: A 2010 Bordeaux priced at $13.99. What I look for from a value-priced Bordeaux is a smooth, balanced wine that makes food sing and shout “oh YEAH”! I paired this Merlot-based wine with an omelette and some roast chicken. Red wine with white-wine food is a great test for a Bordeaux and this one passed the test with airborne colors. It’s packed with black fruit notes ark in color with a lovely nose of dark berries. On the mid-palate the wine boasts some nice blackberries along with some notes of chocolate and mocha. It has a medium finish, which is just fine for a food-pairing wine. Bottom line: it`s a varietal Bordeaux at a good price..
The tannins offer a contrast to the fruitiness, bringing balance and structure. It is a surprisingly accommodating Bordeaux with the unassuming price. Costco wants $13.99 for this easy drinking, well-structured Merlot/Cab-based blend. From the best that we can tell, it is not available in the U.S., except through Costco. While not the best value in the world, this is a darn nice Bordeaux at a sub-$15 price. Definitely worth your attention if you are looking for a nice food-pairing wine. Your guests will think you spent $40 for this wine; only you (and Costco) will know the truth.
— Michael S
Costco Item #: 897484
San Diego, California