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Bordeaux Petites Chateaux

February 14, 2014

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This list features eight examples of the region’s petites chateaux from the outstanding 2010 vintage. If you are one who thinks that all Bordeaux has priced itself out of your budget, you will come away with a renewed appreciation of the selection and value to be found in the petites chateaux of Bordeaux.

Right now a variety of petites chateaux, those small but nonetheless excellent and reasonably priced reds from the world’s largest fine wine region, are widely available in local wine shops.

These are NOT the $100 per bottle and up reds of Bordeaux, although they are produced from the same grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petite Verdot and grown in similar soils and climate.

These Bordeaux sell for $10 to $30- per bottle and they have an advantage: they are food friendly, tend to drink well much earlier than their upscale neighbors and cost considerably less.

zralyKevin Zraly is an internationally acclaimed wine educator and best-selling author who has been described as a naturally gifted speaker who is both refreshingly humble and candid.

His passion for wine and his engaging teaching style helps demystify the ever-changing world of wine. Kevin travels the world spreading his wine knowledge to corporations and their clients through his wine and food dinners and his One Hour Wine Expert classes.

Kevin has garnered numerous awards including the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. He was also the recipient of the 2006 Wine Literary Award, the 1993 James Beard Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional Award, the Food and Beverage Association’s Man of the Year Award, the 2009 Wine Professional of the Year from Sante, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the European Wine Council, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Wine Educators.

He is a member of the Culinary Institute of America’s Board of Trustees since 1990 and director of the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Master Wine Classes and the Sherry-Lehmann/Kevin Zraly Wine Club in New York City.