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Grands Vins de Bordeaux Boxed Wine Set

Grands Vins de Bordeaux Boxed Wine Set

I know quite a few of you have found this boxed set already and I’ve been intrigued by what I’ve heard. It finally showed up at my Costco so now I’m able to check out the wines.

This one is similar to the European four bottle set we saw about a year ago. That set included one Bordeaux (different one than these), and then bottles from Spain, Italy and Portugal. We enjoyed the wines and found it to be a great value at $29.99, the same price as this new Bordeaux set.

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

A couple things to note about the Bordeaux box. First, the vintage, 2018. All of the bottles in the set are from the stellar 2018 vintage, which is a plus right from the get go.

Also, note the location. We have two bottles from Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux, which is just over the Gironde river that divides the left and right banks. That’s why you’ll notice the higher percentages of Merlot in the blends, consistent with right bank wines.

I’ve always found Blaye to offer great value so was hoping that would be the case here. The other two wines are from smaller appellations a bit further East and South.

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

Here’s the quick overview of what’s included in the box, their varietal makeup, critic scores and winemakers:

Château de Lyde 2018

70% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon

91 POINTS Wine Enthusiast

(Eric Gonfrier, Winemaker)

Bel Ormeau Les Hérits 2018

80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec

91 POINTS Wine Enthusiast

(Eric Delacroix, Winemaker)

Château Thomas 2018

70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

90 POINTS Wine Enthusiast Best Buy

(Claude Boudamani, Winemaker)

Château Haut la Valette 2018

75% Merlot, 15% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

90 POINTS Wine Enthusiast Best Buy

(Thomas Talandier, Winemaker)

Grands Vins de Bordeaux

The first question you might have is how to open this box. It’s sealed pretty good. What I’d recommend is taking off the top front panel with a flat head screwdriver. Just wedge it in between the boards and you can pry the top piece off and access the wines.

We bought this a week ago, and wanted to taste a few of the bottles to report back on. We were able to try two bottles, picked at random.

Bel Ormeau Les Hérits 2018

2018 Bel Ormeau Les Hérits

This wine pours a deep ruby with a juicy nose of red and dark fruit, touch of barnyard; there’s a nice mix of red and dark fruit flavor, black cherry, blackberry and plum; a little black licorice, mocha in finish. The wine tastes pretty young but it’s pleasant throughout. Nice wine. I’d probably go 87 points

Château Thomas

2018 Chateau Thomas

This is a light, youthful and fruity Bordeaux; mostly red fruit flavor, cherry and raspberry with some dark fruit on the back side; quick in the finish but improved with a little air. Not bad but not memorable. We didn’t enjoy this bottle as much as the previous one above. 85 points

I thought these two bottles were good, not great. I’m curious about the other two bottles that I hope to taste soon. Considering the price, this is still a good buy. You’re paying the equivalent of $7.50 a bottle for Bordeaux from a great year, from a great sub region.

It would also make a nice holiday gift for a wine lover.

Costco item number: 1382675

Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Kennesaw)

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Kevin

Wednesday 24th of November 2021

Opened the Haut La Valette last night. First taste nearly had me dumping the bottle. Left the glass and went off to do something else. Came back to it later and it had changed completely. I had poured it through an aerator, and it sat for 15-20 mins. I have never had a wine change so much in such a short period of time. I'm not good at rating wines, but this became quite good and drinkable.

Karen G

Saturday 20th of November 2021

We have purchased many of these boxed sets this fall, and enjoyed all. We traveled throughout France in August '21 and marveled at the wonderful and inexpensive wines there. So nice to be able to enjoy these for everyday drinking back home. Not for special occasions, but very good, and would make nice gifts.

Lori

Saturday 6th of November 2021

Terribly disappointed! Opened 3 of the 4 bottles last night, will be returning all today. The three we opened were awful - bitter and acidic. Not at all the quality represented by WineEnthusiast or this blog. We typically love dry red wines but these should have never been bottled.

Andrew Gould

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Found in Honolulu. Thank you!

Michael K

Tuesday 26th of October 2021

Strange. The 2014 not the 2015 was on full display discounted at 2 South Florida Costcos. Delicious.

PAUL LAI

Thursday 28th of October 2021

@Michael K Same here in Central Florida. That means we have the 2015 to look forward to. Comment from another reader who used the word 'disservice' made me wonder if I shouldn't lay it down for a few years first (he also said 'infanticide' :D )