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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 Cantemerle Les Allées de Cantemerle Haut-Médoc 2012 Red Wine
    This red wine reminds us very much of former Conservative leader and This Week regular Michael Portillo. Though it be...
  • Chateau Carignan Cadillac 2009 Red Wine

    Château Carignan Cadillac 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    They might seem a fairly austere, old-fashioned lot, but Bordelais(es) tick with hidden passion. On the outside they ...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2016 Vegan Red Wine

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    The Lalene is an elegant and complex wine rich with flavours of black fruit and fine grained velvety tannins, before ...
  • Chateau Meyney Saint-Estephe

    Château Meyney St Estèphe 2014

    £42.00

    £42.00

    It seems strange to suggest that a top end Bordeaux is a bargain. There are probably many things you associate Bordeaux ...
  • Chateau Rieussec Bordeaux Sauternes 2009

    Château Rieussec Sauternes Premier Cru 2009

    £52.00

    £52.00

    We don’t like to name names but there are wines out there that, because of international trends, speculation or becaus...
  • Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2013

    Château Teyssier Saint-Emilion Grand Cru 2014

    Now £26.00

    Was £32.00

    £26.00

    Jonathan Maltus is the established maverick of Bordeaux - the novice Englishman who turned up at Château Teyssie...
  • Chateau Verdignan Haut Medoc 2004

    Château Verdignan Haut Medoc 2004

    Now £19.00

    Was £25.00

    £19.00

    Sometimes you drink a wine and your synapses align, neurones clap their hands, light rains in front of your eyes and ...
  • Chateau Vieil Hermitage 2015

    Château Vieil Hermitage 2015

    £14.00

    £14.00

    The birth of punk and rock '’ roll is rooted in young people experimenting with their garage band (musically experi...

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