Wine: Château Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux Supérieur
Region: Bordeaux, France
Retailer: Trader Joe’s
Drinking French wine always feels a bit fancy but you up the ante when it’s from Bordeaux. The region is known for producing some of the most expensive wines in the world. However, you can now live the luxe life on a budget with this medium-bodied red that rings in under $10.
In the glass, it’s a light red color that’s just barely purple at the center. The nose is deeply sour, spiced, and smoked with notes of pomegranate and red currant. It finishes with a slightly savory, umami note. Sounds gross but stay with me.
At first taste, you get a mouth-puckering sourness that quickly mellows out into dark red fruits like cherry and sour raspberry. Some of the spice and smoke carries into the taste with mineral-like hints of fresh dirt, smokey bark, and charcoal. It’s low on tannins so you don’t get that papery, cat tongue feeling, which is great because nobody wants a cat tongue, right?
When it comes to food pairings, this wine is a perfect match for spring meals and goes well with ham, rack of lamb, seared duck breast. It also loves side dishes like grilled asparagus and creamed peas. If you are making a charcuterie board, then load it up with the following: cured meats, pâtés, terrines, and mild cheeses (like goat cheese or any fromage made from sheep’s milk).