In certain very good vintages, estates from some of the smaller appellations of Bordeaux can produce wines that punch well above their weight. Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux is certainly one such appellation. There is a fair amount of investment finding its way into these estates that are little-known outside of the region, and the results can be pretty compelling.
This example from Château Bourdieu is textbook Bordeaux, with the little notes of cigar box, plums, tobacco, and cassis that one expects from the region. At $16 how much encouragement do you need? 87% Merlot, with the rest Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Serve cool.