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(Goran Kosanovic/For The Washington Post)

Here are five Bordeaux, including a Bordeaux Supérieur, offering good value for their price. Two of them are kosher for Passover.

— D.M.

Château Villa Bel Air 2011

★ ★

Graves, Bordeaux, $30

Château Villa Bel Air is owned by the family of Jean-Michel Cazes, which also owns Château Lynch-Bages, a leading classed-growth chateau. So the quality here is no surprise. This is lovely, with considerable depth and style. Alcohol by volume: 13 percent.

Distributed by Elite: On the list in the District at L’Hommage Bistro Français, Montmartre. Available in Virginia at Twisted Vines Bottleshop in Arlington; on the list at Bastille and La Bergerie in Alexandria.

Le Pigeonnier de la Vaisinerie 2013

★ ★

Puisseguin Saint-Émilion, Bordeaux, $27

From Bordeaux’s right bank, where merlot and cabernet franc dominate the blends, this is a stylish wine appropriate for any hearty red meat dish. Kosher. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors in Frederick. Available in Virginia at the Vineyard in McLean.

Château La Mothe du Barry 2014

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Bordeaux Supérieur, France, $12

This delightful, inexpensive selection exemplifies what Bordeaux is all about: wine that speaks to a style and place of origin. Yet it isn’t intellectual, complex or expensive. Try this with your casual weeknight burgers. Made from organic grapes. ABV: 13 percent.

Distributed by Elite: Widely available in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Château La Mothe du Barry Cuvée French Kiss 2015

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Entre-Deux-Mers, Bordeaux, France, $12

Okay: The marketing department took over the naming rights of this one. But it is a delightful wine based on sauvignon blanc, fine by itself or with lighter appetizers and salads. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Elite: Widely available in the District, Maryland and Virginia.

Château Rossignol 2014

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Bordeaux, France, $18

This nice blend based on merlot and cabernet franc is fresh and juicy, suitable for burgers or steaks off the grill. Kosher. ABV: 12.5 percent.

Distributed by M. Touton Selection: Available in the District at Capital City Wine & Spirits, Cleveland Park Wine and Spirits. Available in Maryland at Old Farm Liquors and Riverside Liquors in Frederick, Silesia Liquors in Fort Washington.