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Bordeaux - French Wine


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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Fruit forward, featuring fresh blackberry freamed by fine fruit tannins.... more
Sku: 059008

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Beautifully focused red and black fruits backed by peppery spice and fine tannins.... more
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'Rich black currant and plum candy underscored by notes of cedar and medicinal herbs' Rand, 67 ... more
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Very dark red violet color, green olive, black currant, medium ... more
Sku: P13940

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Pure and lively, Chateau Graville-Lacoste has aromas of peach, melon, wet stone, fresh cut grass and citrus. A classic footprint of Sauvignon Blanc supports the distinct richness of the Semillon. This white is terrific with seafood, chicken, ... more
Sku: P57771

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This wine has a dense, deep red color, shading to cherry at the edge and a seductively, nicely open nose with intense blackberry and cassis aromas and a slightly floral note reminiscent of violet.

From a round and crisp attack with a fine ... more
Sku: 007179

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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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Juicy, dark red fruit, fine tannins, and hints of pencil shavings.... more
Sku: P60083

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Elegant balance of aromas of dark red fruit, damp earth, forest floor. On the palate shows fresh acidity, grippy tannins, and a lean, focused fruit ... more
Sku: P59306

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Using the three traditional Sauternes grape varieties Sémillon, Sauvignon and Muscadelle this wine is the result of a severe selection. So as to optimise the beneficial effects of Noble Rot ("La Pourriture Noble"), harvesting is carried out in a ... more
Sku: P59933

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Generous fruit with plum and kirsch notes and hints of blood orange and rose. Juicy and balanced with elegant tannins.... more
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With its white-yellow hues reflecting bright green tones, this wine is complex and pleasant with notes of yellow fruits, peaches, and mangoes. Chateau Bellevue is a crisp wine with exotic nuances which ends with a pleasant freshness.... more
Sku: 052149

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Lively aromas of Black Cherry, Boysenberry, and crushed stone, fine tannins, and hints of graphite on the finish.... more
Sku: P59661

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Another gorgeous white Graves from this vintage, this wine offers up notes of honeysuckle, lanolin, sweet citrus, and hints of orange peel as well as quince and white currants. It is medium to full-bodied, with fresh acidity, subtle nuances of smoky  more
Sku: 041761

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90 Points Shows lots of lemon and vanilla, with hints of spice on the nose. Full-bodied, with medium sweetness and a concentrated, thick palate. Big and juicy for the vintage. Well done. Best after 2010. –JS Wine SpectatorThe 2004 Chateau Nairac is  more
Sku: 014780

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