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.
This second wine of the ever improving Chateau Lynch Moussas, offers smoky tabacco aromas a generously textured palate, and a really impressive length. This is classified as Haut Medoc but the stylistic Pauillac vineyard characteristics are evident.
Unlike its big brother in Pauillac, the second wine of Chateau Lynch Moussas is produced from vineyards in Haut-Medoc. Fresh red and black fruit aromas fill the glass with a touch of spice. Everyday claret!
We can thank 1994 for being one of the many excellent vintages from Chateau Angelus which led to the classification of the estate as a Premier Grand Cru in 1996. Fabulously mature, we recommend drinking this over the next few years!
Fourcas Dupre 2009 is now beginning to open up and show the evocative style of the 2009 vintage really well. It is still an infant mind, with ten years life ahead. The smoky coffe bean flavours are starting to emerge. Medium to full bodied ideal with full flavoured and savoury dishes.
Owned and run by the Lafon family since 1903, Chateau Tour St Bonnet is spread across 40 hectares with an average vine age of 35 years old. The estate is known for producing elegant and intense wines with dark fruit driven flavours. The 2006 is no exception, aged for around 18 months in oak foudres which gives a more subtle flavour than the commonly used barriques, there are notes of dried plum and pencil shavings on the nose with dominant dark fruits on the palate - theres a definite savoury note here. This is a great wine to serve alongside a meal, try it with a roast beef dinner.
This is a full bodied wine from Chateau Saint Paul, deep red in colour with a good level of acidity and red fruits on the palate. The savoury notes here make it an ideal match for a joint of beef or perhaps a piece of venison. A top quality wine at a great price.
Clear flavours of black cherry and cassis, followed by gentle spices in this medium weight Bordeaux red. Awards: Gold Medal:Gilbert and Gaillard Three Stars: Decanter Magazine 2011
A deliciously approachable wine from this excellent value Cru Bourgeois producer. The nose shows plenty of red fruit and subtle oak. On the palate, red currants and sweet spice with rounded tannins. Drinking well now
The Cuvée Prestige is the result of a strictly-controlled maturing process, in barrels made of oak from the Tronçais forest, which contribute harmoniously to its complexity. Vinification: Bordelaise traditional. Time in vat: Maceration (with skin and seeds) 2 to 3 weeks. Time in oak barrel: 9 months. Grape Variety: 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvigon, 20% Cabernet Franc. A…
Chateau Myrat dates back to the 1700s, and was bought by the current owners - the Pontac family in 1937. Grown on relatively young vines and aged in oak barrels for a minimum of 18 months, this sweet wine is intense with a rich nose and delicious palate.
Chateau Reynon is one of the best known estates in the Premieres Cotes appellation. This notariety extends to its owners the Dubordieu family, who are amongst the most respected in the region. Chateau Reynon Rouge 2009 (quoted as the best Reynon Rouge ever by wine critic Stephen Tanzer), is a hedonistic treat! Comprised of 80% merlot, 10% cabernet sauvignon and 10% petit verdot…
Fabien Vincent certainly gets the best out of his land, in Red, White and Rose. This second tier, in terms of quality, white bordeaux is made from 100% Sauvignon Blanc, on soil which reminds Fabien of that in Sancerre, and certainly there are similarities in the wine too. This is touch stricter than the entry level Bordeaux white, with a streamlined precision, it is dry, but …