2006 Château Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux Supérieur, France (84 pts, $7.99)

    As usual with some of these wines, I taste, and then if it's not exactly lighting the world on fire, I decant over night. Why not? Nothing to lose by really letting it open up.

    2006 Chateau Haut-Sorillon Bordeaux, Bordeaux Superieur Controlee

    84
    OUT OF100
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    VERDICT: "Alrighty then"
    France, Bordeaux Superieur Controlee
    Bordeaux, 12.5% alc.
    $7.99

    Bordeaux Supérieur? Probablement pas. But, for $7.99, a good try nevertheless.

    This is a Trader Joe’s selection, and all things considered is not half bad, especially for the price. Just don’t expect it to live up to its claim as a superior Bordeaux.

    Overall, you get what you pay for. The nose is way laid back, with subtle hints of berry, vanilla, but dominated by tannins. After 30-60 minutes, the tannins do settle somewhat. But the flavors still are weak, like rabbit juice. Not bad necessarily. Just don’t expect much fruit.

    As usual with some of these wines, I taste, and then if it’s not exactly lighting the world on fire, I decant over night. Why not? Nothing to lose by really letting it open up. Sure enough, it was better the next day. I’m not sure what that says about this wine or me. But it makes a hum-drum, below average wine, just a little better.

    I ended up pairing it with a small, slow-cooked steak. The wine was no match. Nice try mes amis. La fois prochaine… is that right? My French is so rusty after leaving Canada 11 years ago. In any language: 84 points. Then again, for $8 who am I kidding?!

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    • jason

      I've had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ's. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

    • jason

      I've had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ's. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

      • I agree, I’ve also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe’s. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly.

        At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • jason

      I’ve had really bad luck with the Bordeaux section at TJ’s. It is more or less on my do not shop list now unless I have a recommendation. Any faves in that section?

    • Clinton Stark

      I agree, I've also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe's. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly. <br />
      <br />
      At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • Clinton Stark

      I agree, I've also been challenged to find decent Bordeauxs at Trader Joe's. Same with Italian. I bought a Chianti recently and it was pitiful. Tried the decant for a day trick that helped slightly. <br />
      <br />
      At least here in SF Bay Area, I think people are generally better off sticking to the California section. Although I have had success also with South American Malbecs.

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • First of all, there are two general categories of wine from the bordeax region: Right bank and left bank. Left banks, like a good haut-medoc, tend to have more of the heavy-hitting complexities this reviewer seems to be critical of not finding in this haut-sorillon, which is a right bank Bordeaux. Right bank wines, say a St. Emilion, tend to have mellower complexities and to be more intended as everyday table wine. For its price, thish is a great deal, and stands up to many pricier right bank Bordeaux I have enjoyed.

      Yes, the reviewer may be a ‘sommelier,’ but in this time and place, that doesn’t necessarily mean so much. Especially when one misses something covered in the early pages of “French Wine for Dummies.”

    • Cddryden

      Just a quick defining note: the name Bordeaux Superieur actually does not mean anything except .5% higher alcohol content than Bordeaux. The indication is perhaps that there is riper fruit, and thus higher alcohol, and perhaps better quality, but not necessarily so. But, helpful knowledge- it only means the alcohol content. I was surprised too!

    • Lots of Stupidpeople

      The 2009 is way worth the price,and is good too tasting too! Your critique of wine is weak and boring. We are after all dealing with a 7 dollar wine my friend! If you want a Bordeaux that is perfectly balanced and able to pair favorably with steak you willhave to experience your arrogant French compadre counterparts at$700 per bottle Bon Vin! Are you kidding?

      • Yep, I think you have a point. For now I’ll stick with Napa and Sonoma.