Don’t be fooled by wine discounts -Small Estate Wines can deliver much better value.
Wine critics over the years have pointed out that small estates can sometimes out-perform wines that cost 3 to 4 times as much. Why is that? A good location and proper matching of the grape types to the soil and local micro-climate are critical. Then the turning factor is the passion and detailed care that can be put into tending vines on a small plot. Better fruit will give better wine every time. At Bordeaux and Beyond we understand that and our local knowledge and on the ground expert tasters select small estate wines from France that are interesting and deliver value in spades. A $25 wine outperforming a $100 wine - and you thought a 50% discount on wine that wasn't cutting it at the higher price point was good value!
Time to join in with the smart crowd.
If I can’t drink a bottle on the back deck then I won’t buy it. A big danger when selecting wines to import is that you can be drawn to the wine that stands out in a line up. So what makes a taster notice a wine after they have tasted 70 wines? Well, usually it is heavily oaked and that means for most of us who haven’t tasted 20 wines by days end, they are un-drinkable. So I have a simple test to eliminate those wines, can I drink a bottle on the back deck? Job’s done!