While it's true that 1st to 5th growth Bordeaux is something to marvel at and savour, not everyone is comfortable with spending the money required to acquire these wines. Or, you can be like me, still counting pennies, but on a random weeknight, thirst for that black fruit, herb, and vegetal feel that a Bordeaux blend can bring. Thus, finding an affordable expression, like the Château Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur, helps in these times of thirst!
About Château Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur
First things first, the Château Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur is from a famous wine family, Maison Sichel. (Maison Sichel acquired Château Argadens in 2002.) I admire this group for the wines they bring to market. They truly do have something for every palate and wallet. Though primarily a Bordeaux operation, from 1989 to 1990, Maison Sichel added properties in the south of France to their portfolio.
In the glass, aromas of red and black fruit such as cherry, raspberry, and blackberries play a dominant role. They're quickly backed up by blackcurrant leaf, fresh bell peppers, and mushroom. You are playing with full black fruit on the palate, namely black plum. The Château Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur then adds levels of complexity with a collection of non-fruit flavours for elevation. Tastes of mushroom, cocoa, fennel, and jalapeno round out this wine nicely.
At only $19.95 at the LCBO, Château Argadens Bordeaux Supérieur is a highly balanced wine and is an incredible food pairing wine. Truth be told, it pairs well with conversation too!