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Sommelier Michael Madrigale Offers Pairing Advice For His Favorite Bordeaux & Bordeaux Supérieur Wines
Planet Bordeaux, representing Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur wines, are the ideal wines for Thanksgiving 2015, according to Michael Madrigale, Head Sommelier at Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud, and Epicerie Boulud in New York City.
“For Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates a diverse assortment of dishes and myriad flavors, Bordeaux is really your one-stop shop, as far as wine is concerned,” said Michael Madrigale. “For an aperitif, have a sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux with passed canapés. Bordeaux Blanc is perfect with a first course of salad, veggies or seafood. For something extra special, try pairing the turkey with a dry and fruity Bordeaux Rosé or a luscious Bordeaux Clairet, a darker Rosé with more body. And if you decide to forget turkey for lamb, ham, or roast beef this year, Bordeaux Rouge and Bordeaux Supérieur are perfect with supple textures and plummy flavors.”
Planet Bordeaux is the biggest winegrowers group in France and is made up of 7 AOC’s: Bordeaux Blanc, Bordeaux Supérieur Blanc, Bordeaux Rosé, Bordeaux Clairet, Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux Supérieur, and the sparkling Crémant de Bordeaux. It represents 55% of the Bordeaux wine region (59,034 Hectares / 387 million bottles in 2014).
“There is a strong diversity in the terroir-driven wines from Bordeaux and Bordeaux Supérieur. From reds, whites and rosés, there’s fantastic value throughout – and they’re all excellent for the Thanksgiving and Holiday season,” added Madrigale.
Michael Madrigale currently serves as Head Sommelier of Bar Boulud, Boulud Sud & Épicerie Boulud. In 2012, Food & Wine Magazine and Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Michael as one of their “Top Sommeliers of The Year,” and he is also a James Beard nominee. Wine Enthusiast Magazine also named him as one of their “40 Under 40” for 2014.
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