French Design Inspirations: The Best in Bordeaux Red Wines

What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)
What good is a French-inspired kitchen without great French wine? (Credit: Maison Creative, Jean-Pierre Forget)

What good is having a beautiful, French-inspired kitchen or wine cellar if you don’t have the perfect wines to enjoy in it? During Peter Salerno’s recent trip to France, he spent a majority of his time in the world-renowned region of Bordeaux, drawing inspiration from its breathtaking designs – and its equally breathtaking wines.

Thanks to some great referential articles from knowledgeable sources (plus our staff’s own base of knowledge – based on our love for fine wines, of course), we can bring you the best in Bordeaux red wines. These wines won’t just leave a refreshing, complex taste on your palate, they won’t leave a dent in your finances either. (Did you know that some Bordeaux-based red wines can run well over $1,000 per bottle? While they may be worth the money, there’s definitely other ways to enjoy the best of Bordeaux.)

This fantastic article from IntoWine shares their best Bordeaux reds “for the money” from the recent (and well respected) 2010 vintage. If you haven’t tried the 2010 Château Gruaud Larose, and you have $97 to invest, this is about the finest bottle you can find in its price range. If a more modest price range is what you’re seeking, IntoWine rates Château de Chantegrive ($23) as a bit above the rest.

If you’d like to take a step back into highly respected vintages from a bit less recently, the 1982 and 2004 growing seasons in Bordeaux are regarded as especially good (although the 1982 will run you a far steeper cost). The Château Latour 1982 is considered one of the finest; if price is no object, the $1,500 per bottle price point is well worth your investment. For a far more modest asking price, the 2004 vintage of Château Cos d’Estournel Saint-Estephe ($90) has a smooth, beautiful blend of currants and dark stone fruits.

Of course, the bottle of wine you buy is nowhere near as important as the loved ones with whom you share it. Talk to your trusted, award-winning kitchen design experts at Peter Salerno Inc. to create your dream French kitchen and wine cellar, and start sharing memories with great friends and great wines in a beautiful, customized space.

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