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.
The commune of Margaux takes its name from its finest vineyard, Chateau Margaux. Close to the Gironde as are many of the finest vineyards in the Medoc, Paul Pontallier and his team are masters of finesse.
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.
Its amazing to visit this vineyard located as it is in a surprisingly urban location inside the south west city perimeter. The oldest of the first growths, the vineyard is made up of roughly equal percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with about ten percent Cabernet Franc, oh and one percent Petit Verdot. The wines are often restrained and aristocratic in their youth ope…
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.
Mouton Rothschild became a first growth in 1973 due to the extraordinary dedication and hard work of Baron Philippe de Rothschild. His pioneering approach is epitomised in the decision since 1945 to commission a different artist to design the label for each new vintage, payment for which is reputedly offered in the shape of five cases of the bottled wine.