A couple of red Bordeaux and an Alsace pinot noir

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas. Here are a couple of red Bordeaux that are sub $30, and an Alsace pinot noir for obscurity’s sake.

Trimbach Pinot Noir Reserve Alsace 2013
Presents as Burgundy like and represents pretty good value for $33. Restrained and savoury, with sour cherry and minerally aromatics. The palate is dry with light but firm tannins and subtle but persistent length. The fruit warms up in the glass, but remains resolutely cool climate in style. Rating: Good. Abv: 12.5%. Price: $33.

Chateau Guillon Graves Bordeaux 2014
Deepish, but not overly so, in colour. There are savoury and earthy aromatics of dark cherry, soy and tomato bush. The palate yields some pencil lead characters with time in the glass from the oak. Medium length, medium bodied, with some suggestion of acidity on the finish. Pleasant drinking. Rating: Good. Abv: 13.5%. Price: $30.

Chateau Tour Prignac Médoc Bordeaux 2014
Yes. Restrained, savoury, licorice, earth and blackcurrant aromatics. Mostly older oak in evidence, with good length, a medium body and firm tannins. A good cru bourgeois at a fair price. I plan to buy more of this. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14%. Price: $29.

Published by Sean Mitchell

Grapeobserver.com is an independent wine journal. Written since 2009, it is authored by Sean Mitchell Dip WSET. On matters of wine, Sean is a current Master of Wine student, a Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) diploma holder, a certified WSET educator, a past WSET scholarship winner and has written for various other wine related publications.

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