Approximately 25% of the vineyards in the Bordeaux region are dedicated to Bordeaux Superieur. These vineyards are planted with more vines per acre, thus stressing the vines and yielding less grapes per vine. This results in richer and more complex wine. The superieur wine is made from the same grape varieties as regular Bordeaux wine but is sometimes aged longer with a higher alcohol content.
The 2012 Kirkland Signature Bordeaux Superieur is 70% Merlot and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon grown at the Chateau Le Gardera overlooking the Garonne River south of Saint-Emilion and is aged 12 months in French Oak. The wine contains 13% Alcohol.
I found the wine to be a well balanced wine with some oak and dark fruit flavor ending in a medium soft finish. You would expect that a wine produced from grapes produced under stricter growing conditions would be more costly but Costco is selling the wine for only $6.99.
SC Wine Joe rating = 88 points