2006_01_redwine.jpgGothamist has been on a Bordeaux kick lately. Perhaps it’s because we overdid on the Spanish Riojas, but lately the rich, complex notes of a great Bordeaux have us longing for just one glass more. And perhaps one more after that, but then we swear we’re moving on to South African wines (Mmmm…Pinotage). There seems to be a misconception that you have to pay a lot to get a good Bordeaux, and while some of the great wines of Bordeaux cost hundreds of dollars, there are quite a few out there that are great bargains. Here are our favorites, from budget to splurge…

Everyday Bordeaux
Michel Lynch Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, $12
While many Bordeauxs are blends of several grapes (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and more), this wine breaks the mold, by being 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine is medium bodied and has complex flavors of blackberries, spice, leather and oak. This is a great wine to have with take-out Italian or a juicy burger from Paul’s.

Once a month Bordeaux
Sarget de Gruaud-Larose, Saint Julien, 2001, $30
Sometimes a great way to find value in Bordeaux is to get a second wine from a top Chateau. The wine from the great Chateau Gruaud-Larose has great rich notes of spice, leather and oak and long finish.

Special occasion Bordeaux (or at least until we win the lottery, then we drink this wine at every meal)
Chateau Leoville Poyferre, Saint Julien, 2000, $135
This wine was love at first sip. The texture was soft and luscious and the flavors gently unfolded as we swirled it around in our mouth. The notes were black cherry, spice and hints of vanilla. This wine was so smooth and approachable, even in its youth, that we can only imagine what a few years in the bottle will do for this wine.

You would think that after all that Bordeaux we might grow tired of it. However the great thing about these wines are their complexity and their ability evolve, making each sip surprising and exciting. And who needs a special occasion for that?