At Table & Vine we are always proud of our Bordeaux selection. We pride ourselves on being New England’s finest purveyor of Bordeaux. Right now with the 2015’s I think our selection has never been better, we have wines ranging from $7.99 up to $250 per bottle, with good scores from various members of the press as well as our verification that they are all worth what we are asking. A few years back we recognized that there was a lot of opportunity in selling what the Bordeaux trade refer to as “Petit Chateaux.” Its easy math, affordable, drinkable Bordeaux never goes out of style and right now we have no less than 50 wines under $50 that are of very high quality.
Chateau Fourcas-Dupre 2015- ($16.99) Situated between Saint-Julien and Margaux, Fourcas-Dupre sits at quite a high elevation on a plateau. Soil with excellent drainage and a mix of clay and limestone gives a wine that is well known for its complex mineral style, some people would call that “classic” in style. But in vintages like 2015 wines like this thrive because the warm growing season lead to ample ripeness in the grapes, even fro off the beaten path like this wine. That ripeness coupled with the mineral structure makes a wine that is very well balanced and built to improve in the short term. There really isn’t much more you can ask of a wine under $20!! Drinkable now, this wine is about to turn the corner from what the winery says is youth to maturity, right around the five year mark gaining complexity and shedding tannins over the next decade.
The nose features a lively and lovely aroma of mineral, a coffee like oak and bright black cherry fruit. The palate turns darker, the oak takes over a bit, giving depth and real heft to this wine, so delicious now, this wine is a fun drink. Seamless balance and proper structure make this a wine to buy by the case and drink any time over the next decade. This is an amazing value!
“The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. 91-93 points” Wine Advocate