|Casa Concha 2011 and Maison Blanche 2009 killer wines|
So prepare to smile when you buy and taste not one but two excellent red wines!
Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon and Chateau Maison Blanche 2009 Medoc Bordeaux are simply great wines at reasonably affordable prices - both less than $30.
Concha y Toro's Casa Concha series is always awesome - it has consistently won 90 points + scores from the Wine Spectator and other reviewers year after year and is one of my favourite wines because it retails for under $25.
But this year's Casa Concha 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is remarkable - and earned it a 93 point score - while it is reasonably priced in BC government liquor stores at $22.99 and has been on sale at times for $20.99. Amazingly, the U.S. list price is $26 in their dollars.
This cabernet is big, smoky, chocolaty and spicy - lots of blackberry fruit and intense concentration. The Spectator recommends waiting till 2015 to 2022 to drink this one but there is simply no way I am waiting another year - quaff it now with a steak or red meat cut or just enjoy this big wine. But I will age some for sure.
You simply cannot touch this kind of wine for value at that price! Fortunately there are over 1,400 bottles in the BC system.
I also love the Chateau Maison Blanche 2009 Medoc from Bordeaux - a 91 point Wine Spectator scored bottle that is available at BC government liquor stores for $28.99. They have nearly 700 bottles across BC.
It is a Medoc Cru Bourgeois red wine - don't let the "Blanche" fool you - from the excellent 2009 vintage that allowed the Bordelais wineries to charge extortionate rates for their products - but this is a very reasonable price for such a lovely wine.
The blend is 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and it has all the terroir taste you expect from a fine Bordeaux wine - but without the $100 or $200 or $2,000 price tag.
Yummy raspberry and blackberry fruit in this one and it is drinking very well now but will likely get even better for up to five years.
But don't wait long to pick these two wines up - they won't last on the shelves at this price!