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The Explore 4 Gift Pack“Bordeaux Basics” (750mL)

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The Explore 4 Gift Pack “Bordeaux Basics” (750mL)

“If you’ve ever been curious about SommSelect’s Wine Clubs, but haven’t been ready for a monthly subscription, you’re in luck. Here's a no-commitment chance to try our most popular club, Explore 4, for yourself.”

Give the gift of the Explore 4 club without the commitment! 

SommSelect’s “Explore 4” club is about adventure: Curated around a monthly theme, it’s a guided tour of the grapes, places, producers, and practices any true wine lover needs to know. This one-time offer is a chance to taste one of our recent Explore 4 releases, “Bordeaux Basics.”

Located in Southwest France, the Bordeaux wine region is arrayed around two rivers, the Dordogne and the Garonne, which intersect north of the city of Bordeaux and become the Gironde Estuary, which empties into the Atlantic Ocean. The region is at the 45th parallel (by contrast, California’s Napa Valley is at the 38th), with a mild, Atlantic-influenced climate allowing for the long, even maturation of late-ripening varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon.

In addition to funneling Atlantic air inland, Bordeaux’s rivers deposited the sand, gravel, silt, and clay that characterize the soils of the region—especially west of the Garonne/Gironde. Further inland, around the city of Libourne, soils transition to deeper, denser clay and limestone, especially in appellations such as Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. There are roughly 271,000 acres of vineyards planted in Bordeaux, making it France’s most prolific wine region. 

Our selection kicks off with a classic Bordeaux Blanc (a blend of Sémillon and Sauvignon Blanc), then follows with reds from both the “left” and “right” banks. While this selection barely scratches the surface, it’s a delicious start!

The gift comes complete with our comprehensive Tasting Guide, covering everything you need to know about these wines, where they grow, who made them, what they taste like, and what they pair with–including space to record your own tasting notes. 

Above all, this gift is about new sensations and the heightened enjoyment that comes from knowing what you’re drinking!

Please note, this item is a pre-packed selection chosen by our team of Sommeliers and will ship on its own (free Ground shipping is included!). Therefore, it does not count toward the 6-bottle free shipping minimum and is not eligible for Build a Case shipping. 

Not afraid of commitment? Check out our Clubs sign-up page to make it official with a subscription.

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