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.
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 (November 2018)
Le Grand Rossignol is produced from 100% Merlot grapes from a single seven acre plot. It should be enjoyed along with red meat or duck and decanted before serving.
Rieussec is one of the top producers of Sauternes in the world, creating many memorable and delicious vintages. Carmes De Rieussec is the second wine from the Chateau, and tends to have aromatic flavours with a focus on citrus notes. The 2012 offers aromas of apricot, citrus and pineapple, combined with a concentrated fruity palate. The finish is long with honeysuckle and cleme…