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.
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...
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.
The original name was Ch d’Allard, the name of the family who owned the property from 1580 until the end of the century. In the 1660s, Blaise de Suduiraut gave the estate his name. He also used the King’s gardener Le Notre for the grounds (they keep the same shape nowadays)
The vineyards are located at the foot of Yquem hill. 25% of the production is made as...