Bordeaux

Bordeaux

The wine regions of Bordeaux are a large number of wine growing areas, differing widely in size and sometimes overlapping, which lie within the overarching wine region of Bordeaux, centred on the city of Bordeaux and covering the whole area of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into a Left Bank area which includes the Médoc and Graves and a Right Bank area which includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye. The Médoc is itself divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as "Médoc").

There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux and the less well known areas of AOC Moulis and Listrac. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes (among others), and Sauternes in turn includes the sub-region of Barsac. The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol (among others). There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde. This region contains several less well known sweet wine areas of Cadillac and St. Croix de Mont.

All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation and are governed by Appellation d'origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.[1] Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front if all the grapes have been harvested in a specific region and the wine otherwise complies with the AOC requirements. There are about 50 AOCs applicable to the Bordeaux region.

Both red and white Bordeaux wines are almost invariably blended. The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. While wine making styles vary, a general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine (from the grapes previously mentioned) and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. The area of Sauternes (including Barsac) is known for its botrytized dessert wines.

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  1. Chateau Bernes Bordeaux 37.5cl Half Bottle
    Rating:
    80% of 100

    (Half Bottle) From this small, carefully selected Chateau comes a medium-bodied red wine, smooth and soft in tannin with a pleasant concentration of flavour. A very good drinking Claret.

    **Please note: This is a 37.5cl Half Bottle**

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    £5.50
  2. Chateau Haut Terrier Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux 37.5cl Half Bottle

    Deep and intense in colour, developing brick-red with age. Powerful fruit on the nose (raspberries and blackcurrants) with plenty of soft tannins.

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  3. Chateau Brondelle Graves 37.5cl Half Bottle
    One of the great wines of Bordeaux and from its oldest Chateau with 2 stars in the "Guide Hachette". A deep dark red colour with an intense bouquet and distinctive rich fruit. Agreeable, fresh toasted effect on the palate with hints of strawberry. Learn More
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  4. Chateau Haut Philippon Blanc, Entre Deux Mers

    A delightful nose with hints of lemon, grapefruit and white flowers which leads to a tangy citrus taste in the mouth. Aged on its lees to develop a bold wine with ageing potential, this is a well-balanced, crisp white wine which is best served with white meats, seafood and salads.

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  5. Chateau Haut Philippon, Bordeaux
    Rating:
    80% of 100

    Dark garnet with purple reflections, this wine reveals subtle cherry scents on the nose. Warm aromas are found in the rich and long lasting taste that is built on a foundation of firm tannins.

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  6. Champs de Gaillard, Bordeaux

    If you like your reds supple, full-bodied and with pronounced fruit - think blackcurrants, small red berries and a touch of violets, then Champs de Gaillard will please both your palate and your bank balance. It's round and juicy and backed up by firm tannins.

    Silver: Los Angeles International Wine Competition (2014 Vintage)

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  7. Chateau Bordeneuve, Vin de Bordeaux Rouge
    On the palate, notes of raspberry, a hint of aniseed, and robust tannins come through. Perfect when served with hearty foods like red meat and cheeses. The beautiful ruby colour and rounded nature of the wine make this a supremely drinkable claret. Learn More
  8. Chateau Bernes Bordeaux
    Rating:
    80% of 100

    From this small, carefully selected Chateau comes a medium-bodied red wine dark red in colour with purple glints and red fruit aromas. On the palate, it is rounded, revealing good structure and silky, elegant tannins with a pleasant concentration of flavour. A very good drinking Claret

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  9. Chateau Vieux Meyney Bordeaux
    A nose of blackcurrant and blackberry with smoked floral notes. Firm, ripe tannins and plenty of fruit with a vigorous freshness. A well built wine equipped with a beautiful richness and a constant persistence. Aged in stainless steel tanks to allow it to mature rapidly for early drinking and enjoyment of the soft Merlot fruit and its enticing aromas. It pairs perfectly with grilled chicken and steak, hamburgers and roasted chicken. Learn More
  10. Chateau Bernes Bordeaux Blanc
    The aromatic richness of the Sauvignon Blanc gives the distinctive flavour of the Chateau Bernes white with delicious citrus, grapefruit and passion-fruit flavours.. Close monitoring of the grape ripening allows the fruit to be harvested just before full ripeness so that the acidity and aromatic strength is preserved. Learn More
  11. Chateau Queyssard Bordeaux Superieur

    The first wine from Chateau Queyssard is a typical Bordeaux blend with the soft and round qualities of Merlot, spice and fruitiness from Cabernet Franc and structure and density from Cabernet Sauvignon. With a history dating back to 1890 this family owned Chateau has gone through many changes throughout the years, from a focus on fruit production (pears, apples, plums) and cattle farming, to 1998 when all 48 acres were planted with vines. Now, after updating the cellars the farm abides by the rules of 'agriculture raisonnee' which protects the land, keeping it healthy and as free of pesticides as possible.

    This classic Bordeaux draws you in with its beautiful colour and tempting aromas of red fruits. On the palate it is silky and structured with red fruit notes and balanced tannin. Well suited to steak, steak tartare, lamb, duck breast dishes and while it's drinking well now, it has potential to age well for another 5 years.

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  12. Chateau Mayne de la Cour Bordeaux
    Harvested a high maturity this is a balanced and harmonious wine. A pleasure to drink! Learn More
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