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Bordeaux - French Wine

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The Bordeaux region of France is the second largest wine-growing area in the world with 57 appellations, 9,000 wine-producing châteaux, and 13,000 grape growers. Only the Languedoc wine region is larger. Bordeaux produces everything from large quantities of everyday table wine, to some of the most expensive and prestigious wines in the world.

Red Bordeaux, traditionally known as claret in the UK, is generally made from a blend of grapes. Permitted grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Carmenère, although Malbec is very seldom used and Carmenère is now virtually absent in Bordeaux.

White Bordeaux is made from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, and Muscadelle.

The Bordeaux wine region is divided into subregions including Saint-Émilion, Pomerol, Médoc, and Graves. In 1855, a classification system, known as The Bordeaux Wine Official Classification of 1855, ranked the wines into five categories according to price. The first growth red wines (four from Médoc and one, Château Haut-Brion, from Graves), are among the most expensive wines in the world.

The first growths are:

  • Château Lafite-Rothschild
  • Château Margaux
  • Château Latour
  • Château Haut-Brion
  • Château Mouton Rothschild

In 1955, St. Émilion AOC were classified, adding an additional two Premier Crus (Class A):

  • Château Ausone
  • Château Cheval Blanc

Pomerol has never been officially classified, but its best estates, such as Château Pétrus and Château Le Pin, fetch very high prices that often exceed even the prices of the first growths.

Sauternes is a subregion of Graves known for its intensely sweet, white, dessert wines such as Château d'Yquem. The intense sweetness is the result of the grapes being affected by Botrytis cinerea, a fungus that is commonly known as noble rot.

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90 Points, Robert Parker
One of the more modern-styled wines from the appellation of Margaux, always with a prominent overlay of toasty new oak, espresso roast, and sweet black fruits, this wine seems more restrained and has backed off  more
Sku: 055556


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Wine Spectator, 89 Points:
A juicy, well-toasted and forward style, with vanilla and anise up front, followed by medium-weight plum sauce and linzer torte flavors that glide through the polished finish. Drink now through 2018.... more
Sku: 044873


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Part of our Bordeaux Secrets series, this rich, layered Merlot from the Cotes de Castillon is exclusYou’ve heard mention of our Bordeaux Secrets before, wines selected for their fantastic taste, great value and authenticity of style. Today, 67 Wine ... more
Sku: 059004


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Howard G. Goldberg, New York Times May 4, 2008: Year after year, Lamothe de Haux, a minor château, produces enticing Bordeaux blanc blends. The succulent 2007 shows why they have become a cult white in New York. Mainly sauvignon blanc, ... more
Sku: 131236


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The wine is pale yellow, tinged with green and silver. The aromas are of lemon and lemon curd, floral, flinty; very typical of Bordeaux Sauvingon Blanc. It’s a fruity wine, tasting of passion fruit, grapefruit, and lemon.INTENSE, VIVID, FRESH WITH ... more
Sku: 002852


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Wine has been made at the estate since the 1700’s. At one stage in the nineteenth century it was the largest estate in the neighbourhood. At the time of purchase however it had been reduced to just five hectares of depleted vineyard. Since then a ... more
Sku: P58703


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Brilliant ruby color with some brick notes.The nose has hints of berries, violets and earth. In the mouth, flavors of cassis, black cherry and plum expand within a good, round structure and medium length. This wine can be enjoyed with red meats ... more
Sku: P58771


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While in the mouth the Semillon brings roundness, volume and richness with pleasant notes of citrus fruits. A fine liveliness leads to a great finale.Certified Organic by Qualite France and USDA NOP (National Organic Program) IMO, Switzerland. Only  more
Sku: P58316


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Blackberry and black currant on the nose and palate, together with a fresh floral and vanilla note. Full-bodied, with fine tannins and a clean finish.... more
Sku: 043628


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A smooth, black-fruited wine, with hints of spice on the back palate. A great value in Fronsac, ... more
Sku: P57799


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If it were not for the prodigious 1996, everyone would be concentrating on getting their hands on a few bottles of the fabulous 1995 Leoville-Las-Cases, which is one of the vintage’s great success stories. The wine boasts an opaque ruby/purple  more
Sku: 068272


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