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.
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!
Château Caronne Ste-Gemme is located in the municipality of St Laurent Medoc, on the left bank of Bordeaux. Emile Borie purchased the Chateau in 1900, it was passed down to his grandson Jean Nony-Borie who has directed the property since 1943 with his nephew François Nony. This is quite a big property over 150 hectares with gravelley soils. The varietals are divided bet…
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.
Chateau Haut Maco has 54 hectare of vineyards in Cotes de Bourg. This appelation is situated at the north of Bordeaux on the left bank of the Garonne river.
The estate is run from Mallet family since 4 generation
Annual production is 35 000 bottles for the Cuvee Jean Bernard.
Blend: 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
Ageing in French oak barrel between 10 to 12 months
Domaine du Grand Ormeau is one of the oldest family run vineyards in Bordeaux, located in Lalande De Pomerol. Over 5 genrations the property has seen constant investment and improvement ensuring that the best methods are adopted to product excellent wines. With Merlot as the dominant grape variety, this wine is full bodied and delicious.
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…
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.