About This Wine
Looking for an affordable alternative to Chateau Petrus?
We are not asserting that this Grand Vin de Bordeaux from Chateau Douley matches Petrus in stature. After all, there is only one Petrus. But if you'd like to get an idea of how Petrus is constructed, what kind of texture it has, and what type of fruit flavors you'd expect to encounter — without having to give up the family vacation to afford it — then this wine is the answer.
Many are surprised to learn that the main grape variety in Petrus is Merlot. There's an inaccurate assumption that if it says "Bordeaux" on the label, the wine inside must be Cabernet Sauvignon. Yes, there is Cabernet in Chateau Douley's Grand Vin de Bordeaux, but a full 80 percent of the blend is Merlot.
Chateau Douley's vineyards are ideally situated on south- and southeast-facing hillsides, their soil a mix of limestone, clay and gravel. It may not be Petrus, but it's an undeniably enjoyable bottle of wine.
About Bordeaux Blend
A Bordeaux Blend is a blended red wine with six varities: Cabernet, Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenere.
- Grape Composition:80% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon & 10% Cabernet Franc
- Grape Source:Premier Cotes de Bordeaux Appellation of France
- Aromas & Flavors:Strawberry, Black Cherry, Plum, Chocolate & Coffee
- When to Drink:Now Through 2012
- Food Pairing Suggestiongrilled meat, or a turkey burger.