When I review wines sent to me or at a tasting room, I really prefer not to see the tasting notes provided by the winery. It’s pretty hard to turn a blind eye…but I do try. In this tasting I haven’t looked at the tasting notes that were emailed to me, but I include them below so that you can compare their notes to mine, and for the pairings they offered. Also, truth be told, after all these years doing this I’m always tickled if and when some of our notes match up.
This week I had two Bordeaux wines to review from Légende, and each bottle has a small round stamp that declares that they are included in the Domaines Barons de (Lafite) Rothschild. I found that a wee bit intriguing, so, on with the tasting:
Légende Bordeaux Rouge 2016
Observations: Opaque, the color of deep garnet with a dark edge.
Aroma: Raspberry, black currant, dark cherry, bell pepper, balanced.
Flavor: Soft, tart cherry, tannic, mellow spice, dry. Tried again in a few minutes and noted no change. (My notes only matched the wineries in the mention of tannins.)
Légende Médoc 2016
Observations: Opaque, blackberry color, brown edge.
Aroma: Stewed fruit, plums, earth, suede, coffee, tobacco, red licorice, black pepper.
Flavor: Dark fruit, lots of nice spice, mushroom, tannin structure allowed for a long finish. Preferred this a bit over the Bordeaux Rouge. (Here I matched the winery in the mention of the wine’s spice and length.)
From The Winery
Wine collectors around the world have mastered the allure and prestige of the esteemed appellations of Bordeaux – and this season, you can join them. With the Légende wines collection, self-proclaimed connoisseurs now have access to wines from one of the region’s top producers – Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). All wines in the collection perfectly capture the spirit of the iconic region through the lens of one its most influential producers. Paired with savory fall dishes, or on its own with a good book – you will certainly find your favorite Bordeaux in the mix.
Légende Bordeaux Rouge 2016 – $17.99 – Pair With Apple Picking!
Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot
A wine for every day, dinner with friends, or a glass in front of the fire, Légende Bordeaux Rouge is a well-balanced blend of traditional grape varieties. The Cabernet Sauvignon gives the wine the classic elegance of the Lafite style, while the aging gives it charm and a well-rounded character. On the palate, the wine is structured, round and easy, nicely oaked with firm, silky tannins, and a long, fresh and fruity finish.
Légende Médoc 2016 – $24.99 – Pair With Fresh Winter Flavors!
Varieties: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot
The rich patchwork of châteaux in the Médoc produces ruby-colored, well-rounded wines that are a fine accompaniment to many fall dishes. The Légende Médoc benefits from the same care as a Grand Vin: rigorous selection, extreme precision in the winery, with meticulous specifications, reduced yields, impeccable ripeness, purity of fruit, and traditional maturing. The star of the Médoc, Cabernet Sauvignon is given excellent expression and can be appreciated for its natural characteristics by lovers of Bordeaux’s wines. The wine is generous and silky, with a full-bodied, very rounded structure. The finish is long and spicy.
Eve Bushman has a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET), a “certification in first globally-recognized course” as an American Wine Specialist ® from the North American Sommelier Association (NASA), Level 1 Sake Award from WSET, was the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video (over 16k views), authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and has served as a judge for the Long Beach Grand Cru and the Global Wine Awards. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com