While this wine label bears names normally seen on some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world, this particular Bordeaux from Baron Phillippe De Rothschild's branch out Cadet label is a bit like buying Champagne for lemonade money. A blend of 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc it combines what is arguably the three most important Bordeaux varietals in generous portions.
In the glass this wine has a deep ruby and cherry red color with aromas of dark and red fruits with a hint of vanilla as well as some woody and slightly earthy notes. First impressions on the palate were surprisingly good and it drinks really well for a sub $15 bottle of Bordeaux. It is well made with a good balance of acid and tannin structure and while fruit flavors like cherry are noticeable it seems misleading to call the wine fruit forward. It does lack complexity and the finish is slightly disappointing but overall this is a solid wine for the money and ranges in price from $10 - $15 depending on the retailer. Enjoyed in combination with an array of meat dishes this wine will make for a great regular table wine for those who appreciate a more restrained style of wine.