Bordeaux is the Mecca for fine wines. It is the benchmark for long lived reds based on Merlot and Cabernet as indeed the area for the most revered botrytis based sweet wines. Around 110 thousand hectares of vines split into 3 main geographical areas. The left bank incorporated the famous vineyards to the west of the Garonne river. These include Sauternes and Barsac, Graves, Margaux, St Julien, Pauillac and Saint Estephe. The right bank are the vineyards on the north and the eastern slopes of the Dordogne. The most famous of these are of course Saint Émilion and Pomerol but also includes the more and more popular Castillon and Fronsac. All have their own specificities regarding climate, micro climate, exposition and soil variations.
The central bit, known as Entre deux Meres generally produces simpler wines…mostly white from Sauvignon, Semillon and Muscadelle. There are some more complex reds from areas with limestone and/or clay.
The more serious whites come from the Graves are to the south of the city.
The capital city of the region is Bordeaux. Full of history, superb architecture and wonderful restaurants and hotels. Elegant and affluent. Friendly and welcoming.
Here are some of our favourite wines that we stock in various vintages from these areas
Ch Gazin – Ch Latour a Pomerol – Ch Mazeyres – Ch La Pointe – Ch La Conseillante – Ch La Fleur Petrus – Ch Trotanoy – Ch Taillefer – Ch La Fleur de Bouard – Ch Latour – Ch Margaux – Ch Haut Brion – Ch Lafitte – Ch Grand Puy Lacoste – Ch Leoville Barton – Ch D Issan – Ch Haut Bailly – Ch Pape Clement – Ch Rauzan Segla – Ch Brane Cantenac – Ch de Malleret – Ch Tessandey – Ch Nardou – Ch Clos Marsalette – Freynelle – etc…etc…etc