The Bordeaux blend has been copied with considerable success in many other wine regions, the ultimate compliment. The Left Bank of the Gironde River boasts the great Chateaux of the Medoc and Graves, whilst on the Right Bank, Saint Emilion (arguably the most beautiful commune) and Pomerol. Bordeaux is synonymous with the finest quality, predominantly in red wines though great dry whites are made in the Pessac Leognan, and most wine lovers will strive to taste the sweet white wines of Chateau Yquem and its neighbouring Chateau in Sauternes and Barsac.
Chateau Valiniere Blanc is a great example of the quality available from relatively inexpensive whites from Bordeaux, especially form the Graves region, south of Bordeaux city. In fact some of the worlds finest white wines are made in this region, made from a Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blend - fresh balanced wines with good minerality.
The Merlot dominated Moulin de Paumirac offers a chance taste wines made in the same vein as the great Pomerol wines, from similar terroir, at a fraction of the cost.
Chateaux Caronne Ste Gemme is located west of Saint-Julien in the Haut-Medoc. It consists of a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, and a little Petit Verdot and is matured for 15 months. The 2006 will be best to drink from 2012-2018. This is a reliable, good value wine - and would suit a full flavoured, homely roast dinner.