From A Legendary Family
While best known for producing stellar Bordeaux wines with prices that can soar into the thousands, Domaines Barons de Rothschild has also produced a pair of very affordable labels since 1995. We recently tasted a pair of wines from their L’egende range.
Bordeaux Within Reach
Actually, I wasn’t expecting much when we opened the Bordeaux. After the first few sips, it was clear that this was an elegant and eminently enjoyable wine. The wine is a 60% Cabernet – 40% Merlot blend and is packed with fresh fruit and well rounded flavors of raspberry and currants. Forty percent of the wine gets oak aging to lend a touch of toastiness. The finish is long and very smooth.
The Medoc was opened during a wine tasting party at our house. We featured three red blends that we tasted blind. In addition I brought out several special bottles for the group to try, including the L’egende Medoc. The Medoc was a hit with all the guests and one rated it above wines costing much more.
The blend for the Medoc is the same 60% Cab and 40% Merlot. However, there is a noticeable increase in complexity. Fifty percent of the wine gets oak aging and the wine has hints of vanilla and toast. This L’egende is also wonderfully drinkable, with red fruit notes and a touch of spice as well. Both wines are silky smooth.
Bordeaux Blanc, Pauillac and Saint-Emilion are also part of the L’egende range. Each sounds like a good buy.
L’egende is a good glass of Bordeaux – suitable for everyday drinking or a nice dinner. Affordability and charm are no myth as you will discover if you explore the L’egende.
Full disclosure: We received this wine as a media sample