Last month, we enjoyed a nice bottle of Château la Valade Premières Côtes de Blaye. It was a Total Wine purchase for $10 that I picked up before Christmas. When I went back to Total Wine last weekend, they'd hiked the price to $12 (typical Total Wine sales ploy, hook'em, and then reel in the fish). It was a good Bordeaux. 85% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. Alfio Moriconi, total Wine's European buyer / negotiant has consistently good selections. I disagree with the very negative drync review here (link). I thought it was well rounded and didn't find any 'metallic' tastes.
It went well with steaks, grilled vegetables, and spicy Mexican dishes. It was worth the $10 I paid for it, but I always hesitate on wines over $10, so I can't say as I'll buy it again - at least not from Total Wine for $12. You can find it here and here et ici.
1 year ago