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Bordeaux: the name is synonymous with red wine and yet so many wine lovers would tell you they find it just too complicated, unpredictable and expensive and that they tend to look elsewhere when it comes to making their wine choices. So, let’s see if we can simplify things...

Bordeaux is the name of a city and a wine region. It could also be considered a wine “brand” with certain rules governing the grape varieties, the origin and the way the wines are made. The city is situated on the west coast of France and has a long history as a port and an important trading post with wine, its most important export.

Grape Varieties

Bordeaux’s most planted red grape is Merlot. It dominates the vineyards of St Emilion and Pomerol on, what is referred to as the Right bank. The Medoc is the tongue-shaped region to the west known as the Left bank. Here Cabernet Sauvignon is king with Cabernet Franc complementing these two grape varieties on both sides of the Gironde estuary. The wine style can vary depending on the sub region, winemaking style and vintage, but generally they are known for their complexity and aging potential.

Bordeaux wines are known for their complex flavors and aromas, which can include notes of dark fruit, tobacco and cedar. They are often aged in oak barrels, they are often described as full-bodied and tannic, with high acidity and good aging potential. Bordeaux wines are available in various styles, from everyday drinking to some of the most sough-after and expensive wines in the world. They are often paired with meat dishes, such as steak and lamb!

Some Bordeaux wineries produce lower-priced wines specifically for early consumption, these wines are made with the same grape varieties and produced usuing similar methods as the more expensive bottles but they are not aged as much as their more expensive counterparts, however still offering exceptional quality and value!  

Take a look at our top 11 Bordeaux wines that are ready for drinking now.

 


 

Chateau Marjosse Rouge 2018, 75cl

Chateau Marjosse is the home estate for Pierre Lurton. Pierre Lurton is best known as the Managing Director of two First Growth Bordeaux estates. Chateau Cheval Blanc in St. Emilion and Chateau dYquem in Sauternes.

"Beautiful and precise fruit with blueberry and blackberry character. Medium to full body and firm, silky tannins."

91-92 Points, James Suckling, (April 2022)

£16.50 / €22.00

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Château Fonbel 2016

Chateau Fonbel is owned by the Vauthier family who are also owners of the Chateau Ausone. With Fonbel selling at a fraction of the price, it has developed a loyal following of customers who love the plush, full bodied style.

"2016 de Fonbel is a blend of 70% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot and 7% Carmenere and has a deep garnet-purple colour. It is a little closed and broody to begin, opening out with profound blackberry pie, baked plums and tar scents, plus wafts of tree bark and truffles. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is rich and plush, with fantastic freshness and an earthy finish."

92 Points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Independant, December 2022

£35.00 / €44.00

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Chateau Lauriol 2016

Château Lauriol is a wine produced by Chateau Puygueraud, from the youngest vines of the property. 100% Merlot, it has its own modern style, marked by a fine aromatics and a remarkable freshness, fruit forward.

Tating Notes: Lovely fruit, plum and spice with some tobacco-scented nuances. Classic bordeaux, perfect balance, will age well. 

£13.50 / €18.00

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La Violette du Manoir Castillon 2016

All the vines grown for “La Violette” of Château Manoir du Gravoux are planted on a clay-limestone plateau which is on ideal location, thus offering favourable wine growing conditions and producing fleshy, fruity wines, with great character.

Among the vines of this plateau, 2 hectares were planted in 1958 and, being remarkably well-exposed, they produce naturally grapes with a complex and intense aromatic expression.

Tasting Notes: A intense nose of black fruit leads to a gorgeously velveteen palate layered with spiced plum - well-baked, dark fruits lifted with cinnamon and cloves - some fresher black cherry notes add freshness and gentle brightness.

£17.95 / €23.50 

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Chateau Lamothe Gaillard Bordeaux Superieur 2020

In pure respect for Bordeaux tradition, this wine is made from a blend of Merlot noir and Cabernet sauvignon. Vinified in stainless steel vats (between 26 and 30 ° C) grape variety by grape variety, the grapes come from older vines, giving a colourful and full-bodied wine with good aging potential while retaining flexibility and roundness.

Tasting Notes: A vibrant and alluring deep purple, aromas of ripe red and black fruit, full-bodied, fleshy and full on the palate, with fine-grained and silky tannin. A Bordeaux to enjoy over the next few years.

AB (Agriculture Biologique) and Organic-certified.

£11.95 / €16.50

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Chateau Darzac Bordeaux Rouge 2019

Owned by Claude Barthe, this is from a wonderful site in the medoc, located in the region of Entre-Deux-Mers, on magnificent clay-limestone and boulbènes, the vineyard is made up of about fifty hectares.  A Bordeaux Superieur made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc.

Tasting Notes: delicious blackberry and black plum flavours, from a top Bordeaux vintage offering superb value for drinking today. Works wonderfully alongside grilled meat dishes like steak frites or sausage with chips, haricot beans or lentils. A natural pair with burgers straight from the BBQ.

£12.00 / €17.00

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Chateau Darzac Bordeaux Blanc 2021

From the Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux, this is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Sauvignon Gris. 

"It opens with very pretty notes of bright confit lemon, just a hint of fresh leafy green herbs and a certain elegance to the aromas. It is surprising rich and luscious on the palate, perhaps the Sauvignon Gris adding a little texture and flavour, and after flirting with peachiness the palate tightens up again into fresh-sliced apple and citrus on the finish. Lots of mouthfeel here giving broad appeal."

(Tom Cannavan, wine-pages.com)

£12.00 / €17.00

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Château Monconseil Gazin 2019

The Château itself wasn't built until around 1500, and it was bought by the Baudet family in 1894. Since then, five generations of the family have put their heart and soul into tending the 18 hectares of vines at this château in the Cotes de Blaye, a region which borders Bourg at the northernmost part of Bordeaux's right bank.

The Vineyards are situated on one of the best sites on the limestone escarpment of the Blaye - the hill above the village of Plassac. Clay/limestone soils give excellent drainage to vines and allow them to fully develop.

Tasting Notes: Expressive nose of ripe fruits complimented by soft woody tones and hints of violet. Medium-bodied on the palate, with a perfect balance of ripe fruit, well-formed tannins and a refreshing finish.

91 Points - Decanter

£12.95 / €17.50

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Château de Cerons Graves Rouge 2018

Château de Cérons is not only a listed historic monument, but a lovely manor house built in the early 17th century situated on a terrace overlooking the Garonne River. Located in the heart of the village of Cérons in the Graves region, the estate is surrounded by imposing stone walls. The château is located in front of a beautiful 12th century church.

The gravity-fed winery is designed for the gentlest possible handling of the grapes and wine, which is particularly beneficial to make high quality wines.

Tasting Notes: Deep, brilliant colour, with a deep purple rim. Intense bouquet of red berries (blueberry, raspberry, and redcurrant). Very expressive on the palate with well-integrated oak. Hints of white chocolate and loads of fruity nuances. The wine starts out very smooth and delicate. It coats the palate and has a fine texture thanks to soft tannin. A slight toastiness adds to the attractive retronasal aromas.

£21.00 / €27.00

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Château Puygueraud 2018

The grand wine is from the plateaus and the clay-limestone slopes overlooking the Côtes de Francs appellation. It is a rich wine, endowed with a straight lined and elegant palate. Ample energy and fruit within structuring tannins that present a lovely nose of fruit and spices. A blend of Merlot in majority with Cabernet Franc and a touch of Malbec.

Maturation: 12-16 months in in 225L barrels renewed every third year.

"A beautiful Puygueraud with blackberries, black olives and hints of salt. Medium to full body and firm tannins at the end. Shows tension and beauty.
92-93 points."
(James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, April 2019)

£21.50 / €27.95

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Chateau Chante Alouette 2016

Situated next to the famous chateaux of Pavie & La Gaffelière, this is an intense and bold Saint-Émilion Grand Cru. Old vines (80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) provide an intense concentration of dark plummy fruit, graphite & toastiness; finishing very long. 

Tasting Notes: Characterised by a beautiful dark purple dress with a red fruit character on the nose, this 2016 vintage reveals with flavours of fresh red berries, mocha and a hint of spice. In the mouth it has a good structure and offers fruit, generous body with finesse and a remarkable silkyness. 

This is a beautiful style of Saint-Émilion, combining elegance and power. An excellent wine for the money.

£21.50 / €27.95

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