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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
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    An expressive and impressive wine with a character of fruits of the forrest, casis and jammy spiced notes. Round and sucullent with great depth and ba... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Medoc
    A powerful Cabernet Sauvignon dominated wine with a palate full of blackcurrants and blackberries that gives way to a subtly spicy finish. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Graves
    A wine which shows beautiful balance between flavors and expressive aromas. Fine tannins coat the palate, highlighted on the finish by a persistent to... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Haut-Medoc
    A classic blend from the region of mainly Cabernet Sauvignon. Soft purple hue with light aromas of cherries, blackcurrants and hints of vanilla. A lov... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Saint-Emilion
    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
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Medoc
    Well balanced and finely scented with elegant black fruit aromas. This is a wine which can be enjoyed now but will continue to improve with another 5 ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    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
    • Bordeaux
    • Right Bank
    • Pomerol
    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
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    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
    • Bordeaux
    • France
    Ripe fruit aromas, particularly cherry and plum. Elegant, fruity, supple mouth. Round tannins and a smooth finish.  Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. Read More
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    • Origin
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    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    Stewed orange and orange flower on the nose. The sweetness is balanced by a citrus crispness, resulting in an opulent, multi layered expression. Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeux
    • Left Bank
    Classy and refined Sauternes that delivers orange marmalade flavour in a refreshing way that does not take away from the sweetness. Part-fermentation ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    A golden yellow appearance, with a complex nose of crystallised honey and floral notes. Wonderfully fresh and fruity with a luscious sweetness, this w... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
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    • Origin
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    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    Wonderfully refined with detailed aromas of violets, dark chocolate, mocha and cassis. The texture is uniquely soft, silky and elegant whilst remainin... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    Chateau Mouton Rothschild shows its elegance with their 2014 by producing a wine which will reward earlier drinking whilst still having many years of ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    Since the arrival of Philippe Dallhuin in 2003, Mouton has stepped up a level. Grapes are selected only from the heart of the original vineyard site. ... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    2010 was a truly spectacular year at Mouton Rothschild with the Grand Vin being a gloriously concentrated nose of ripe blackcurrants and lusciously r... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Margaux
    2008 was a superb vintage for Chateau Margaux and displays the estates trademark floraliy and cassis notes in abundance. A little more up front with d... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    A wine with exceptional finess and elegance on both the nose and palate. Soft raspberries and floral hints on the nose entwine with cassise and violet... Read More
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    • Origin
    • France
    • Bordeaux
    • Left Bank
    • Pauillac
    A legendary Margaux  from one of the all time great vintages. The 2005 shows unparalleled concentration and complexity from nose to finish with coffe... 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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