Bordeaux

Chateau Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux

Chateau Margaux, Médoc, Bordeaux

The Gironde River is the spiritual home of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The red wines of the Bordeaux region are all derived from these two grapes (alongside a handful of lesser varieties). Bordeaux is also home to the very upper echelons of wine aristocracy, the great houses of Lafite, Latour, Margaux & Mouton Rothschild are all to be found here (although not on this site, mores the pity!)

Towards the end of the twentieth century, Bordeaux had gained itself a reputation for austere, tannic, thin, vastly overpriced wine that appealed more to investors than imbibers. Fortunately a string of recent excellent vintages (2000, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2010) and the loss of custom to competition from the Southern hemisphere, have led the winemakers of Bordeaux to up their game. Modern Bordeaux is richer, weightier and more approachable when young. Prices have also become more realistic.

Regional
Château De Terrefort Lescalle, 2011 Bordeaux £10.00
LeftBank
Château Tour Saint Bonnet, Cru Bourgeois, 2010 Médoc £18.00
Chateau Cissac, Cru Bourgeois, 2011 Haut-Medoc £28.00
Chateau du Bos 2012 Graves £9.00
Chateau Rahoul, 2010 Graves £20.00
Cantenac Brown, Grand Cru Classé, 2010 Margaux £65.00
Chateau Paveil de Luze, 2010 Margaux £28.00
Chateau Kirwan, Grand Cru Classé, 2000 Margaux £90.00
Chateau Pibran, Pauillac, 2010 Pauillac £36.00
Château Bastor Lamontagne, 2013 Sauternes £17.00
Château Saint Estèphe, Cru Bourgeois, 2006 Saint Estèphe £22.00
Right Bank
Chateau de Ferrand, Saint-Émilion Grand Cru, 2006 Saint-Émilion £23.00