Bordeaux

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About Bordeaux

Is Bordeaux the greatest wine region in the world? Quite possibly. Where else can you get cracking white, red and dessert wines all in the one place? The answer is nowhere. Intense but not heavy red wines that can last for 50 years or more; brisk whites with layers of complexity; dessert wines to die for with fantastic elegance and freshness of finish. No wonder Bordeaux houses many of the most expensive wines on the face of the earth. In Bordeaux, forget any idea of single grape wines because here blends are king. The reds come from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, while the whites are primarily Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc with a little Muscadelle. Sounds a bit like Margaret River? Well it’s not really, because the cooler Bordeaux climate makes wines that are fresher and more restrained although the best labels also have plenty of structure, meaning they can last in a cellar for years. Finding good wines in Bordeaux can be like picking a winner in the Melbourne Cup with just so many runners to choose from. But the labels, and price, do give some clues as to the quality. Cheaper and lesser wines are generally simply labelled Bordeaux, or after one of the sub-regions such as Haut Médoc, Médoc, or Entré-Deux-Mers. The best of these will have good flavour and complexity, but most are made for drinking in the short to medium term. The picks of the crop come from a range of smaller villages, which you will find on the label. So a wine might have a name, Château Pibran for example, but will also be labelled Pauillac after the village from which the fruit is sourced. The village actually gives clues as to the style of the wine. So wines from Pessac-Léognan are often quite muscular and powerful while Margaux makes reds that are more feminine. There is also a very big stylistic difference between what are known as the Left and Right Bank wines. The Right Bank wines are grown around the towns of Saint-Emilion and Pomerol where Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the dominant grapes, giving fleshier wines. On the other hand Left Bank wines, from the towns of St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St-Julien, Margaux and Graves, are sturdier and made predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon. But Bordeaux is not just about red wines. Easy drinking whites are grown throughout the region although Pessac-Léognan and Graves make some top-notch and superbly age-worthy drops. Further south again, we have the villages of Sauternes and Barsac, where brilliant dessert wines are made, including the famed Château d’Yquem. Unfortunately with all this great wine sloshing around, Bordeaux is not the best place to look for a cheap quaffer. The Bordelais have been selling wines to the world for hundreds of years and they know how to make buck. So for drinkers on a budget, famous villages like Margaux, Pauillac, Sauternes and Pomerol are generally not the place to look for affordable and delicious wines. They are either one or the other, seldom both. But the good news is that Bordeaux has a host of less famous villages, shunned by the posh end of town, some of which produce very smart wines but at much more reasonable prices. Towns such as Listrac and Moulis on the Left bank make lighter and less-structured reds. Further out, satellites like Montravel (white), Côtes du Marmandais (red), Monbazillac (sweet) and Cahors (red) make many wines with real character, most of which are made for early consumption. One final guide to quality is the complex classifications that list the top wines of Bordeaux, sometimes in a range of tiers. In 1855 the best Châteaus of the Left Bank were classified according to the quality of their wines at the time. Within that classification are 5 tiers, or growths, for red wines and 3 for sweet wines. Despite the significant passing of time, the classification remains relevant with few exceptions and classed wines are easy to recognise with the words ‘Cru Classe’ often emblazoned on the labels. Below this classification on the Left bank is the rating of Cru Bourgeois Exceptionnel and Cru Bourgeois. Graves and St-Emilion also have their own classifications, which, while significantly more modern, are equally useful as indicators of quality. And for the wineries of St-Emilion there is also a wider Grand Cru classification below the Crus Classés listed on the following pages. Bordeaux may not make the cheapest wines in the world, but it is one of the finest regions and well worth some serious investigation.

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2010 Chateau Villa Bel-Air Rouge Merlot Cabernet

2010 Chateau Villa Bel-Air Rouge Merlot Cabernet

This cab sav blend from the Graves region of Bordeaux is a medium-bodied number that shows black currants, dark plums, crushed leaf and a generous whiff of toasted cedar oak on the nose. Then the palate chimes in with some plush plum, star anise a...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2008 Chateau Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Red Blend

2008 Chateau Rollan de By Cru Bourgeois Red Blend

Here we have a lovely, well-balanced Bordeaux red that would go great with meaty dishes. Aromas of blackcurrant, dried leaves, cherries and plums decorate the nose, whilst the palate is medium-bodied and lushly fruited, with licks of cedar, fine t...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2009 Chateau De Pez Saint Estephe

2009 Chateau De Pez Saint Estephe

Owned by Louis Roederer this is a medium-bodied cabernet blend that shows blackcurrant, black olives, red berries and smoky savouriness on the nose, whilst the palate is dark fruited and olive flavoured, with hints of mocha, some grip to the tanni...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2003 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes

2003 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes

Quite often in Bordeaux when the red table wine vintage isn't that great, the sweet wines of Sauternes tend to be outstanding. This is such a case. From the most revered producer of dessert-style wines, Chateau D'Yquem, Aromas of stone fruits, sli...

Cracka rating100
Region: Bordeaux
2011 La Tour Charlemagne Cabernet Sauvignon

2011 La Tour Charlemagne Cabernet Sauvignon

Value Bordeaux wines are gaining a foothold here in Oz, and this one out of the Medoc is a decent food-friendly red. Smells of cassis, cedar, tobacco leaves and dark plums rise from the glass, then the palate comes along with dark fruit and savour...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2004 Chateau Lanessan Cru Bourgeois Red Blend

2004 Chateau Lanessan Cru Bourgeois Red Blend

Hailing from the Haut-Medoc in Bordeaux, this bourgeois red is a nice, medium-bodied style that is highly approachable and glugable. Aromas of red berries, dried leaves, violets and soft spice decorate the nose, whilst the palate is elegant and de...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bordeaux
2012 Domaine du Salut Bordeaux Blanc

2012 Domaine du Salut Bordeaux Blanc

This affordable French offering is another sav blanc, semillon blend from the good people of Bordeaux. It's zippy and dry showing lots of citrus, gooseberry and florals on the nose, whilst the palate is fresh, crisp and zesty with a dry, mineral f...

Cracka rating70
Region: Bordeaux
2006 Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie Red Blend

2006 Chateau Moulin Pey-Labrie Red Blend

This is a more modern style of Bordeaux, which means there's a fair bit of fruit in this pup. A few years in bottle has been advantageous with this wine, as it has given the tannins a chance to settle. It still shows deep, dark fruits on the the n...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2007 Chateau Semeillan Mazeau

2007 Chateau Semeillan Mazeau

For those wine geeks amongst you, this is a Cru Bourgeous level wine (just above AOC for extra geekiness), but that's enough of that! The wine itself is a medium-bodied cab merlot blend that shows scents of cassis, tobacco leaf, earthy spices and ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2010 Chateau Laroque

2010 Chateau Laroque

From a very decent year in Bordeaux comes this Grand Cru merlot cab franc blend at such a reasonable price it's a crime! It's quite a darkly-fruited, fleshy number showing lots of ripe plums and cherries, along with hints of sandalwood and crushed...

Cracka rating90
Region: Bordeaux
2012 Chateau Fonfroide Bordeaux Blanc

2012 Chateau Fonfroide Bordeaux Blanc

If you are looking for something a little different that would make a great food wine, this one is well worth a shot. It's a dry, light to medium-bodied style that shows peachy and tropical fruits on the nose, whilst the palate is dry, smooth and ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2009 Chateau de Lamarque

2009 Chateau de Lamarque

Finding affordable Bordeaux is getting more difficult these days, so when you find one that turns out wines that punch above their station, it's best to stick with them. This offering from Chateau Lamarque shows some lovely sweet blackberries and ...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2010 Chateau Haut-Peyrous Cuvee Peche au Carrelet Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2010 Chateau Haut-Peyrous Cuvee Peche au Carrelet Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

This is a sem sav with a difference that is organically produced. It's a more medium-bodied, lightly oaked wine that shows stone fruits, citrus and savouriness on the nose, with hints of toast and vanilla. The palate is richer than you might expec...

Cracka rating80
Region: Bordeaux
2003 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ml)

2003 Chateau d'Yquem Sauternes (375ml)

Quite often in Bordeaux when the red table wine vintage isn't that great, the sweet wines of Sauternes tend to be outstanding. This is such a case. From the most revered producer of dessert-style wines, Chateau D'Yquem, Aromas of stone fruits, sli...

Cracka rating100
Region: Bordeaux
2009 Chateau Le Pradey Saint-Croix-du-Mont Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

2009 Chateau Le Pradey Saint-Croix-du-Mont Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

Here we have a little sweetie out of Bordeaux that won’t break the bank, and would be awesome with sticky date pudding! Scents of honeyed stone fruits and orange rind rise from the glass, whilst the palate is rich and sumptuous, with a hit of swee...

Cracka rating90
Region: Bordeaux