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Bordeaux

Bordeaux

Nowhere in the world has inspired more praise, imitation and confusion than the wine-growing region of Bordeaux. To some it is sacrosanct, to others impenetrable, but all must acknowledge its fundamental importance.

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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordaux
    An unclassic blend from the region of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft purple hue with light aromas of cheery, blackcurrant and hints of vanilla. A lov... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    A complex nose of red berry fruits and heady oak aromas which lift the nose rather than dominate it. The palate is balanced and well-structured with a... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Saint-Émilion
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Good fruit on the nose of this fresh and generous Saint Emilion. Rich damson and cherry with notes of cedar and tobacco. The tannins on the palate are... Read More
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    • Origin
    • St Julien
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Finely balanced and well structured this excellent St Julien shows clearly defined ripe dark fruits on the nose and palate with more complex notes of ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Graves
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Deep and rich with a pronounced nose of damson and blackcurrant. The palate shows expressive plum and blackberry notes as well a a lingering leatherin... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Pomerol
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    In colour, this is deep purple-red, the aromas being open, very ripe and freshly complex. The wines, which exhibit a luscious structure, are delicate ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut Medoc
    A well expressed southern Medoc in a racy and elegant style. An understated, pretty, dark coloured wine that offers lots of cherry, raspberry and blac... Read More
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    • Origin
    • Pomerol
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    A soft wine with attractive berry fruits, smoky acidity and sweet juicy flavours. The tannins are well integrated with acidity pushing through. The fi... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Intense notes of citrus fruit and accacia on the nose with the classic gooseberry finish of Sauvignon Blanc.  Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Red berry aromas fill the nose and carry through to a delightful soft palate. Medium bodied with great balance, the finish is silky smooth. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Sourced from fruit near the town of Le Réole, this lovely example of an everyday claret has great depth of colour good juicy cassis fruits. Read More
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    • Origin
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    A Powerfull, Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine whose blackcurrant and blackberry dominated palate gives way to a subtly spicy finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    The high Merlot content of this wine aids its soft and approachable character. Plummy fruit, with hints of darker berry are well balanced by supple ta... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    A classic rich and well balanced Bordeaux Superiore with a plum fruit character and a soft, refined mouth feel. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    An excellent soft and luscious wine from a tiny property one the right bank of the Garonne. Plum and cassis fruit on both the nose and palate. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    This Cabernet Sauvignon dominated red is surprisingly soft for a left bank Bordeaux and shows expressive red fruits which are supported by dark chocol... Read More
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    • Origin
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    A well structured wine with firm tannins and a distinctive black fruit character. Drinking well now but will develop favourably over the next 5-10 yea... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Dark ruby in colour with a toasty/redcurrant nose, leading to blackcurrant and liquorice flavours. Despite it's youth, the tannins are not overpowerin... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Expressive red fruits complement a brick/ruby colour and fine tannin gives a lingering finish of vanilla and blueberry fruit. Well balanced. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    Medium to full-bodied, supple textured, layered, rich, and long. This marks the renaissance of this fifth-growth Pauillac that is displaying strong si... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    A fresh and vibrant wine that is dominated by summer fruit and plum courtesy of a high Merlot content.  A traditional Pomerol with superb depth and b... Read More
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    An interesting nose of red fruit, dark cherries and smoke is joined by leather and black fruit on the palate. The tannins are still quite supple and m... Read More
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    A well structured wine with firm tannins and a distinctive black fruit character. Drinking well now but will develop favourably over the next 5-10 yea... Read More
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    The Merlot really shows through on this wine. Dried plums are evident on the nose and its enticing colour makes this wine very inviting. Jammy cassis ... Read More
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Geography

Bordeaux crafts the world's greatest wines from the planet's most famous estates, but with over 100,000 hectares under vine (more than many a winemaking nation) it also produces a vast amount of everyday wine at affordable prices. It is divided into the Left Bank, the Right Bank and the Entre-Deux-Mers and within these are such famous areas as the Médoc, St-Julien, Graves, St-Émilion and Sauternes. It is famous for its red wines, but its sweet whites are excellent and its dry whites of note. Bordeaux, quite simply, is a place like no other.

History

It is long, and of course complex, and the British play a significant part.  When the future Henry II married Eleanor of Aquitaine in 1152 he knew he had made a good deal, but even he could not have foreseen the remarkable long-term benefits of the union.  For she came with Bordeaux as a dowry and a trade was established that has very rarely lapsed.  Wine flowed in to Britain, aided by tax breaks, and the region was established as a winemaking giant.

It was not until the 18th century, however, that the fine wines we know of today came into existence.  Affluence brought this about: in the British aristocracy, the French winemakers and the several nationalities of merchant who set up in Bordeaux.  Claret, as Bordeaux was known in England, became a status symbol and the demand for ever more quality was created and fulfilled.  Much the same situation exists to this day.

Styles of Wine

Bordeaux, both red and white, is a blend and therefore remarkably varied.  Most of the wine, and almost all of the great, is red.  As a rule it is softer and subtler than New World equivalents and has the structure to complement rather than clash with a wide range of foods.  Yet in such a diverse region this is a gross generalisation.  Pauillac and St-Julien, for example, may be adjoining but at the top of their game they are incredibly different and individual appellations have their very own character.  The sweet whites of Sauternes and Barsac are amongst the finest dessert wines to be found in the world.  Though the dry whites are comparatively undistinguished, they are eminently drinkable and occasionally capable of excellent ageing.

Key Vines

The Bordeaux Classification lays down the law.  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and, to a lesser extent, Malbec and Petit Verdot are blended in the creation of reds and Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle (though predominantly the first two) are combined for the sweet and dry whites.

Climate and Terroir

To put it simply, Bordeaux has a mild and stable climate of no extremes.  Elsewhere in the world this might result, each and every year, in dull generic wines.  Bordeaux does not work like that.  The topsoil is basically poor, which is generally advantageous to vines, and beneath it is a mosaic of very different bedrock.  This allows for great variation, though as yet science has been unable to pinpoint why even neighbouring properties can be so contrasting in quality and character.  In a nutshell, terroir is all-important, and terroir is inexplicable, and that is just the way the French like it to be.  The mystery is all part of the appeal.

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