Club Lux, September '21

Chateau Franc Baudron “Recto” Rouge

Bordeaux, France

Ah, the simple joys of Bordeaux. One of the most famous examples of blending in the world, and for good reason. The Cabernet-dominated styles from the left-bank in particular are notorious, while the right-bank Merlot-driven styles remain a bit of an insider. We’re staunch defenders of Merlot at Mondo Vino, and firmly believe that right-bank Bordeaux is some of the most elegant, perfumed, and delicious expressions of it in the world. Chateau Franc-Baudron has been a family-run estate since its inception in 1923 in Montagne-Saint Emilion. The current generation, led by Sophie, her husband Charles, and her brother Vincent have worked to convert all of the vineyard sites to biodynamic and self-sustaining. They still strive to create quality Bordeaux that tastes like Bordeaux, elegant and yet powerful. This 100% Merlot cuvée showcases the pride and joy of this satellite appellation. Dark fruited, very rich tannin structure and a hint of spice.

Chateau Franc Baudron “Verso” Blanc

Bordeaux, France

White Bordeaux is seriously slept-on. We can’t seem to keep the Sauvignon Blanc shelves at Mondo stocked, and yet white Bordeaux often sits on the wayside, like a forgotten step-child. These wines, however, are incredibly versatile, and often some of the most beautiful expressions of Sauvignon Blanc around. Thanks to it often being blended with Semillon, white Bordeaux tends to have all the characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc we know and love (citrus-forward, a bit grassy, and bright acidity) while also having a bit more weight and richness. Chateau Franc Baudron’s 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon is a perfect example of this, with aromas of white peach, a bit of citrus, and a bit of spice. Absolutely gorgeous with richer seafood dishes, and any chicken.

Chateau Ferran Saint-Pierre Bordeaux Supérieur

Bordeaux, France

A counterpoint to the Franc Baudron, we though it would be fun to side-by-side a 100% Merlot offering with a more classic Bordeaux blend, to show how these varieties all play together. Chateau Ferran Saint Pierre is a 100% biodynamic estate located in the Entre Deux Mers, making fresh and approachable expressions of Bordeaux showcasing different styles of winemaking. This is a Merlot-dominant blend, with a heart dose of Cabernet Franc and a pinch of Cabernet Sauvignon to add a bit more structure, herbaceousness, and some hints of red fruit. A beautiful cuvée that works well with any richer proteins.



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