In all of the years of working this website, this is perhaps the Costco bottle we’ve needed to seek out essentially the most. We love the Costco hunt, however once we first heard from readers this new Kirkland wine was on the market, we have been hitting our Costco shops left and proper looking for it.
Lastly, we discovered it on the Cumberland location in Atlanta. We’ve heard that Alpharetta and Cumming might need it too for you ATL locals.
Very long time readers will know that Bordeaux, specifically the left financial institution, and specifically Saint-Julien is one in every of our favourite wine areas. We had the privilege to go to just a few years in the past, and that simply sealed the deal for us. So we couldn’t wait to style this wine.
After all, we needed to do some sleuthing to determine just a few issues out, particularly as a result of that is the inaugural classic.
In attempting to study extra about precisely the place these grapes got here from, you’ll see on the again label (beneath) it lists Maison Ginestet, which we appeared up and discovered they’re a wine service provider in Bordeaux. Don’t know a lot about them, however seems like a flowery place.
We pulled the cork questioning if it might reveal any extra clues as they generally do, nevertheless it merely learn “mis en bouteille dans nos chais” that means the wine was “bottled of their cellars.” This tells us the grapes have been probably purchased on the open market after which bottled in a unique place than it was grown.
So net-net, not a complete lot of fascinating information, however for us Bordeaux followers it was price poking round.
Costco’s value on this bottle was $18.69, and like we are saying on many of those Kirkland bottlings from a premier area, you simply gained’t discover different bottles from these locations, like Saint-Julien, for this low-cost. It truly is superb.
One different factor to notice is the varietal mix, which is 76% Merlot and 24% Cabernet Sauvignon. Most left financial institution Bordeaux wines are Cab dominated so it is a little completely different. However you do see extra Merlot lead blends often, usually in an property’s second bottle as is the case with Chateau Palmer, a private favourite.
We really discovered their “second” wine, Alter Ego, at Costco and it was heavier Merlot than Cabernet.
Okay, sufficient with the preamble, let’s get into the wine, which we thought was very good.
The wine pours a medium to darkish ruby within the glass with signature Bordeaux aromas of earthy darkish fruit; it’s medium plus in physique with good acidity, tight tannins that can soften over time; good black cherry, plum, darkish fruit profile, with some mineral notes, a bit chocolate into the dry end.
This can be a very good Bordeaux at a particularly compelling value. We’re glad we purchased three, and plan to drop one within the cellar for just a few years for enjoyable.
This is perhaps essentially the most thrilling new addition to the Kirkland line of wines for the reason that Barolo or Gigondas. There was a Kirkland Pauillac Bordeaux that was superb, however that one sadly disappeared about ten years in the past. Right here’s a welcome substitute.
CostcoWineBlog.com Score: 91 factors (a Costco Wine High Choose)
Costco merchandise quantity: 1494198
Bought at Costco in: Atlanta, GA (Cumberland)