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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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Few Bordeaux estates deliver the sort of pure, direct pleasure of Greysac. This Medoc estate has founded its reputation on producing accessible, drinkable wines that reflect the potential of the Medoc while providing drinkability from the very ... 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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Made with traditional Bordeaux grape varieties: Sauvignon Blanc (40%), Sémillon (40%), and Muscadelle (20%). This particular blend, which goes back centuries, has become rather rare in recent years. Winemaking is traditional: skin contact (50%) ... more
Sku: P58280


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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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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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  Sku: 51260


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Lillet is the only wine-based aperitif, a blend of 85% wine and 15% citrus liqueurs, produced in Bordeaux, France. The wines are carefully selected in the Podensac area and the citrus liqueurs are produced by cold macerating fruit peels in pure ... more
Sku: 002205


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  Sku: 057558


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  Sku: P57802


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  Sku: 056501


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Readers looking for the more ethereal, elegant side of Bordeaux need search no further than Cantemerle, one of the estates in the very southern end of the Medoc. Dense ruby/purple (nearly opaque), this wine offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, ... more
Sku: P58190


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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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Nicely crisp and dry with richness and roundness in the mouth. Ripe melon and citrus fruit balanced by a lemony-lime acidity that refreshes the palate and keeps things lively. Perfect as an aperitif or with seafood or vegetable dishes.... more
Sku: P58316


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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


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