2014 Chateau La Verriere Bordeaux Superieur
Here’s another one of those inexpensive Bordeaux bottles that you find piled in the “cheap seats” next to Liberty School and Apothic Red, and you’re never quite sure what to make of it. I’ve had several (probably most) that turned out to be very good buys, including the recently reviewed Clinet Bordeaux, and I’m happy to say that this Bordeaux Superieur for $8.99 is another surprisingly good find.
Bordeaux Superieur is the “entry level” designation for Bordeaux wines, and the varietal makeup is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with smaller parts of the other Bordeaux varietals to include Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. This bottle I would guess has a good percentage of Merlot, likely a higher percentage than the other grapes, but that’s just how it tastes to me.
This wine is a 2014 vintage so it’s a little younger than the Clinet which spent a few more years in the bottle, and the youthfulness is apparent. I think it’s actually a great time to drink this one, although it would be interesting to try after cellaring for a few years.
The wine is earthy, barnyard on the nose, distinctly Bordeaux; red and dark fruit flavor, blackberry, blueberry rounded out with a little sour cherry, some spice, a little nutmeg. The wine is very dry throughout, especially in the finish.
At this price point it’s hard to complain and I’d say this is a Bordeaux that exceeds expectations. We’ll be adding to our Recommended List.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 89 points
Costco item number: 648383
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA