Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Bordeaux is the region of France, along with Burgundy, that most fine wine drinkers gravitate towards. The reds are almost always a blend of anything up to 6 black varieties: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Petit Verdot and Carmenere. Depending on what part of Bordeaux you are in determines which of these varieties dominates, but largely speaking, Merlot is generally the number one.

The heartland of the Cabernets is the Medoc, the left bank of the Gironde Estuary, which is sub-divided into communes and AOCs, the most famous of which are (north to south) St Estephe, Pauillac, St Julien and Margaux. Among these 4 communes are where the Grands Crus of the Medoc 1855 Classification are to be found, but there are other AOCs where you can find less expensive wines such as Haut Medoc, Listrac-Medoc and Moulis.

To the south of the city of Bordeaux you can find the Graves, Pessac-Leognan and Sauternes AOCs, the latter of which is for sweet white wines whilst the former two are known for both reds and dry whites, normally from a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon with a smattering of other minor varieties.

The right bank of the estuary is Merlot territory. This is where you will find St Emilion, with all its satellite villages, and Pomerol, the latter being the centre of gravity for Merlot-based wines. However, the most important vineyard of all is the Entré deux Mers - between the seas, or rivers in this case - where the bulk of Bordeaux's wines hail from, many of which are simply labelled as Bordeaux or Bordeaux Superieur, and Bordeaux Blanc Sec or Entré deux Mers for its whites

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  1. Chateau des Gravieres 2020 Bordeaux SuperieurIn stock

    Our go-to everyday Bordeaux. Stylish and with great typicity

    £13.70
  2. Chateau de Lussac 2021 Bordeaux BlancIn stock

    A white from Lussac St Emilion, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Gris, and Semillon

    £15.99
  3. Chateau Gadet-Terrefort 2019 Medoc Cru ArtisanIn stock

    Proper, gutsy, Cab Sauv-based Claret from Northern Medoc

    £17.99
  4. Chateau Tour du Pas St Georges 2018 St Georges St EmilionIn stock

    Pascal Delbeck's, the one time winemaker of Chateau Ausone, family property. Proper structure and complexity

  5. Chateau Grand Village 2021 Bordeaux BlancIn stock

    Chateau Lafleur's exciting and delicious Bordeaux Blanc: mostly Sauvignon Blanc, topped up with Semillon

    £23.85
  6. Chateau d'Yquem 2014 Sauternes 1er Grand Cru ClasseIn stock

    The ultimate, luxury, glorious, sweet wine

    £395.00
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