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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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Very dark red violet color; green olive, currant nose; green olive, currant palate; for early drinkiChâteau Greysac is a delightful red Bordeaux wine from Médoc. It is an intricate blending of Merlot (50%), Cabernet Sauvignon (45%), Cabernet Franc ... more
Sku: 042625


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60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet. One of the best wines to yet come from this estate owne by Pichon Lalande. Juicy, succulent, cedary black currant fruit.This blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the best wines to yet come from this ... more
Sku: 051261


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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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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


Reg. $59.99

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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  Sku: 057558


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  Sku: 51260


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Part of the Daniel Johnnes collection.

Daniel is the Wine Director for the Daniel Boulud restaurants, and imports a select portfolio of Bordeaux.

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Sku: 040743



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True to the estate’s tradition, this Merlot-heavy blend (about 85%) is dark and brooding with black plum, black cherry, and hints of wild flowers dominating the nose. The palate delivers on the expectations, but the rich texture is held together by ... more
Sku: 059003


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  Sku: 056501


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With its dark berry flavors, supple tannins and a persistent streak of minerality, this is a ... more
Sku: P57834


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  Sku: P57802


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A rich, layered wine from a right-bank mainstay.Deep purple color to the edge. Fine purple and red fruit aromas with plenty of cut. Slightly closed from the early days of primary fruit opulence. Fine, slick approach on the palate with excellent ... more
Sku: 065454


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  Sku: 057723


Reg. $34.99

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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