Planet Bordeaux is a French trade organization that represents the wineries of the Bordeaux AOC and Bordeaux Superieur appellations from the world’s largest fine-wine vineyards. Bordeaux is justifiably famous for its grand cru wines from the famous Chateaux. Those wines are also very expensive but these off the radar regional wines, which are over half the production of the Bordeaux appellation, are more accessible in both price and style.
In February and March the organization held various trade and consumer tastings of its member wineries around New York City. On Sunday evening March 4th, they held a tasting for members of the trade. That tasting was held at O’Cabanon restaurant located at 245 West 29th street in Manhattan.
They poured sparkling wines, whites and several reds, many from the excellent 2015 vintage but from other vintages as well. I wasn’t familiar with many of the producers but there were some nice drinking wines that didn’t break the bank.
Some of what I sampled:
2010 Chateau Montlau
2012 Domaine del Ile Margaux
2014 Domaine del Ile Margaux
2012 Chateau La Rose du Pin
2014 M de Monsegur Reserve Cabernet Franc
2013 Chateau Boutinet
2014 Chateau Donjon de Bruignac
2014 Chateau de Seguin Cuvee Carpe Diem
2014 Chateau La France Cuvee Gallus
2015 Chateau Grand Jean
2015 Chateau Lauduc
2015 Chateau Lauduc Grande Cuvee
2015 Chateau Montlau
2015 Chateau de Bel
2015 Chateau Tayet Cuvee Prestige
2016 Chateau Haut Favereau
2016 Ipsum Carmenere