Bordeaux can be expensive. At it’s lower price points it can present uninspired wines. But Diane Flamand and Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite] have closed the price and quality gap with their Légende line of wines. These bottles take wine drinkers around Bordeaux, from blanc and rouge wines made from grapes grown throughout the iconic wine region, to bottlings from more specific areas like Medoc and Saint-Emilion and Paulliac. These wines present fantastic value and would be a great jumping off point for your own study of Bordeaux. I met with winemaker Diane Flamand to talk about what it’s like to make these approachable, reasonably priced wines that you don’t have to wait decades to drink, all while maintaining the Lafite Spirit.
Diane Flamand, Winemaker, Bordeaux Collection Wines Domaines Barons de Rothschild [Lafite]
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2017 Légende Bordeaux Blanc
Aromas of honeysuckle, melon, apple and lemon meringue. Quite dry on the palate showing good minerality with linear acidity over the medium light body.
2016 Légende Bordeaux Rouge
Aromas of dark berries, violet, toffee, milk chocolate, and baking spice. Fresh drinking, juicy with hints of oak and spice. An easy drinking red to consume now.
2016 Légende Médoc
Spicy oak aromas with good finesse. Pleasing earthy notes and minerality. Earth driven but still fresh, light fruit on the palate. Firm tannin and good acidity add complexity to this wine.
2015 Légende Saint-Emilion
Lush texture with flavors of cherry cola. Great balance of velvety texture, earthy notes of mushroom and truffle, fresh fruit and spicy oak notes. Serve with food.
2015 Légende Paulliac
Made partly with fruit from Chateau Lafite Rothschild and Chateau Duhart-Milon. Terrifically complex nose, Blackberry, tobacco, furniture polish aromas. On the palate this wine offers elegance and balance. Rich dark fruit with umami notes and hints of oak.