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Wines From The Bordeaux Region

Bordeaux is massive; it produces more wine that the whole of Australia put together. In your face New World. These incredible wines, predominantly red blends using Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot, have survived wars, recessions, scandals and disease and have influenced winemaking from Lebanon to China and from South Africa to the Americas. Although the region has a reputation for being stuck in its ways, things are changing...

Recently the climate in Bordeaux has been getting warmer (imagine being able to say that about good ol’ Blighty), so much so that winemakers have started reintroducing heat-loving grape varieties like Carménère, one they’d almost forgotten about. With warmer conditions, “Great vintages” are becoming more common and the wines more reliable. The fact that they are blends also helps; each grape variety has different strengths and weaknesses and responds to the climate differently. So even if the year isn’t perfect, a skilful winemaker can adjust the blend to get the best out of his wine. All this means that you don’t need to worry about vintages as much these days. Be reassured because we’ve also got your back, if wines aren’t great, we won’t stock them.

Bordeaux is a region of polar opposites. Wealthy châteaux can employ modern technology, trade globally (increasingly in Asia) and innovate. Last Christmas we brought in a parcel of wine from Rauzan-Ségla (owned by the brothers who own Chanel) bottled under screwcap, and it was outrageously good. At the other end of the scale, tiny family-owned vineyards run at almost subsistence level, using only very old-fashioned methods. Our range runs the gamut from the little, traditional gems to the game-changing big-boys, but our focus always remains value for money.

Only 10% of the wine produced in Bordeaux is white (usually made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc) and you rarely hear about them, but we love them and think they’re seriously underrated. So if you’re looking for a change from intense, fruity New World whites, try exploring Bordeaux’s best-kept secret.

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  • Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012 France Bordeaux Red Wine

    Château Capbern Gasqueton Saint-Estèphe 2012

    £30.00

    £30.00

    The marvellous thing about good Saint-Estèphe is the flood of minerality that can streak through it and the am...
  • Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château Carignan Cadillac 2012

    £15.00

    £15.00

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they ...
  • Chateau Clerc Milon Pauillac French Red Wine 2010

    Château Clerc Milon Pauillac 2010

    £130.00

    £130.00

    Baron Phillippe De Rothschild is not just a name on a fancy Bordeaux bottle. Along with his global success as a wine...
  • Château De Balan Bordeaux 2015

    Château De Balan Bordeaux Superieur 2015

    £9.00

    £9.00

    Balan is a character in Arthurian legend. In black armour, he was cursed to guard a castle and let none pass... this ...
  • Chateau de Ricaud Cadillac 2012 Vegetarian Red Wine

    Château de Ricaud Cadillac 2012

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The Cadillac luxury car became so popular in America that the term 'The Cadillac of...' meant the best thing in that ...
  • Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emillion Merlot 2014

    £20.00

    £20.00

    Believe it or not, this Chateau was once owned by Benedictine monks. Shocking we know, it's almost as if not owning p...
  • Chateau La Garde Pessac 2007 French Red Wine - Magnum

    Château La Garde Pessac 2007 - Magnum

    £55.00

    £55.00

    This red wine has the musician Tom Waits written all over it. Apparently, some of his instruments enjoy a nice claret...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £9.75

    £9.75

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before ...
  • Chateau Laroque St-Emilion Grand Cru French Red Wine Magnum

    Château Laroque St-Emilion Grand Cru Merlot 2012 - Magnum

    Now £55.00

    Was £60.00

    £55.00

    Chateau Laroque in St-Emilion is regarded by many as "Little Versailles." We feel this might be a slight disservice; ...
  • Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe

    Château Meyney St Estèphe 2010

    £42.00

    £42.00

    It's starting to feel like 2010 was quite a long time ago; David Cameron got his first shot at Prime Ministerhood, bo...
  • Chateau Montlandrie 2011

    Château Montlandrie 2011

    Now £24.00

    Was £30.00

    £24.00

    Possibly the most renowned wine critique in the world, Robert Parker made his name declaring the quality of Bordeaux ...
  • Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    Château Moulins de Citran Haut-Medoc 2010

    £22.00

    £22.00

    Chateau Citran say of their old and noble house "as soon as you pass the porch, you can feel calm and harmony all ove...
  • Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2009

    Château Simard St Emilion Grand Cru 2010

    £25.00

    £25.00

    From the sunny southern slopes of St. Emilion Grand Cru, how appetisingly alliterative. Grown in a coveted part of Bo...
  • Ségla Margaux French Wine

    Ségla Margaux 2010

    £44.00

    £44.00

    Château Rauzan-Ségla has an incredibly long and colourful history, dating back to 1661 and featuring Very I...

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