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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 De Balan Bordeaux 2015

    Château De Balan Bordeaux Superieur 2015

    £9.50

    £9.50

    Balan is a character in Arthurian legend. In black armour, he was cursed to guard a castle and let none pass... this ...
  • Château Faizeau Montagne St Emilion 2014

    Château Faizeau Montagne St Emilion 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 Mouleyre Blanc 2017

    Château Haut-Mouleyre Blanc 2017

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Remember when you were a child and you discovered there was such a thing as white chocolate. You thought in your susp...
  • Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015 Vegan Red Wine

    Château Lalene Cuvée Prestige 2015

    £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 Laroque St-Emilion Grand Cru French Red Wine Magnum
    Chateau Laroque in St-Emilion is regarded by many as "Little Versailles." We feel this might be a slight disservice; ...
  • Château Les Nauds Red Wine

    Château Les Nauds 2017

    £8.50

    £8.50

    Oh spare us the "better when it was rough-and-ready" nostalgia. We remember city centres where, once upon a time, it ...
  • Chateau Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2015 - Magnum

    Château Meaume Bordeaux Superieur 2015 - Magnum

    £22.50

    £22.50

    The property of Château Méaume has been a historically significant building in France for many Centuries. I...
  • 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...
  • 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 Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2015

    Château Sissan Cadillac Côtes de Bordeaux 2016

    £10.00

    £10.00

    Don't just reserve your decanter for special occasions; nearly all wines will benefit from the special treatment. How...
  • Chateau Verdignan Haut Medoc 2016

    Château Verdignan Haut Medoc 2016

    £28.00

    £28.00

    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

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  • Château Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2015

    Château Mazeris Canon Fronsac 2015

    £17.00

    £17.00

    We like to think of the wines of Canon-Fronsac as the Samwise Gamgee of Bordeaux. Sure, it might not have the glamour...
  • Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves 2015 White Wine

    Dourthe Croix des Bouquets Graves Blanc 2016

    £12.00

    £12.00

    Nobody thought Pierre could actually tell which grapes had gone into any given wine just by using his nose. But that ...

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