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.
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.