Like my previous recommendation (CHATEAU LOUMELAT 15 Blay, France), this wine is not for everybody – so take note. It is modeled on the traditional Bordeaux style – which is a dusty-dry and very different from the fruity, richness of what’s offered today.

For the second experience of retro reds, we are going to pass-up on expensive Bordeaux because there is a fantastic alternative – a similar experience for a fraction of the price. Red wines from the Douro in Portugal are modeled on the traditional Bordeaux style – think antique feeling – exciting mature flavours that go way beyond fruits, and into genuine wineness. Shades of a $100 old Bordeaux – especially when poured from a decanter. A perfect match with grilled red meats. Best in the fall or winter months.

CASA DE CAMBRES 11 Douro Reserva, Portugal 470377 Vintages $14.95

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