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"Bordeaux" a great or the greatest winemaking region in the world ? Many say it occupies a position at the pinnacle of world wine making.
The Bordeaux wine region certainly has the pedigree of greatness, its longevity of status, tradition and world wide fame goes back many centuries, some will say Burgundy is its equal and no doubt that debate will also last for centuries.
Sadly too many people view Bordeaux wines as too expensive and not affordable. Yes, many wines and sub-regions are in that category and that is why the perception of only high prices continues to prevail. But, by careful research, viewing a good wine merchants wine list or talking to, many a affordable red and white wines of excellent quality can be acquired and thoroughly enjoyed.
Alexander Hadleigh Wine Merchants, Southampton, Hampshire,UK hold significant stock in store and online of Bordeaux red and white wines at prices to suit most tastes and budgets.
Fine wine collectors and investors do dominate a large sector of the Bordeaux market.(as they do in Burgundy) The Medoc with its five designated growths, St. Emilion and its premier grand cru classe, the top wines of Pomerol and Graves and then the great white wines of Graves, Sauternes and Barsac are all monopolised by these fine wine enthusiasts. But, Bordeaux being such a huge wine growing region does produce very good quality wines to suit most budgets. Putting the top growths to one side, there is another quality sector with an appellation title of "Cru Bourgeois" with prices that can vary from a 3rd growth Medoc wine down to a much more reasonable cost. Following on from Cru Bourgeois we have dozens of "Petit Chateaux" within the famous Bordeaux sub-regions, again producing fine wines at a reasonable price. Finally we have hundreds of vineyards occupying the outer regions and so-called satelites of greater Bordeaux. Many producing excellent quality Bordeaux style wines at prices competing with the rest of the wine world.
One big advantage Bordeaux has over some other single grape or limited variety French regions is ability to successfully grow a wide variety of grapes and then its wine making ability to blend and deliver fine wines, even at times of indifferent vintages. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are the most widely grown red grapes. Merlot being more dominent in the wines of Pomerol and St. Emilion, while Cabernet Sauvignon leads the way throughout the Medoc.
The three white grape varieties of Bordeaux are Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle. Bordeaux white wines are synonymous with outstanding dessert wines and it’s a well known fact this sub-region of Sauternes and Barsac are producing a collection of many of the worlds best known and most expensive sweet wines. But, then we have another Bordeaux surprise in its sub-region of "Graves" also producing some of the world’s best and most expensive dry white wines e.g. "Haut Brion" and "Domaine de Chevalier" who also produce great top of the range red wines.
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A couple of prizes have been won by this wine in competition: the 2010 vintage was awarded Argent from the Concours de Bordeaux Vins d\'Aquitaine as well as 1 Star from the Guide Hachette des Vins. This is the one of the most popular wines from Bordeaux Superieur.
Chateau Bellevue, Bordeaux Superieur is situated on the old commune of Saint-Romain, and was built in the 17th century by the Lestelle family. Today it is owned by the Ponton d’Amécourt Family who acquired the property in 1973. Château Bellevue is located on a large hill, overlooking the vineyards and is locally nicknamed the “Tuscany of Bordeaux”. Winemaker, Daniel Sore, utilizes the art of modern wine-making to produce Bordeaux wines that are characteristic of the local terroir.
Chateau Larrivaux, Haut Medoc, Half Bottle,The estate has been handed down from women to women since the 15th century and is now managed by Bérangère Tesseron, who keeps the family tradition of high quality, affordable wines. The high proportion of Merlot (61%) makes it a delicious, fruity and velvety wine with black fruit and light spices aromas.
Chateau Haut-Beausejour St Estephe Cru Bourgeois Half Bottle has a deep red colour in the glass with purple glints. Complex, fresh and fruity on the nose. More dark fruit and supple tannins balance well with the acidity and notes of soft warm spice. Oak ageing provides vanilla and more spice flavours on the long finish.
Chateau Vari, Monbazillac is a delightful dessert wine, a blend of late harvest Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Muscadelle. It is distinctly orange-tinted in colour and displays juicy flavours of peach with hints of toffee and spice. Perfect with foie gras or desserts. Certified Agriculture Biologique
XX de Corbin, Saint Emilion, France, Half Bottle is the second wine of Chateau Corbin. Anabelle Cruse Bardinet is the wine maker and produces a medium bodied, soft wine with a forward nose of fresh blackberry jam and red berry fruits.
La Chapelle de Lafon-Rochet, Saint Estephe, Half Bottle, is the second wine of Chateau Lafon Rochet. Very impressive with ripe fruit and fine harmony, this is a traditional style of Bordeaux wines,
Chateau Bel Air de Siran, Haut Medoc is more typical with a cabernet sauvignon backbone. Dark ruby colour. Blackcurrants and spices notes. Medium to full body, light acids and more expressive tannins. A superb wine from Chateau de Siran,
Chateau Tour du Pas St Georges Saint Emilion is a Merlot, Cabernet Franc blend, complexed and oaked, full bodied with ripe round red fruits, complex spicy notes on finish,
Chateau Tour St Bonnet, Cru Bourgeois, Medoc is a gentle, flattering wine with a nice core of soft fruits , a smooth finish with lots of character,The nose is absolutely classic with that scented fragrance of cedarwood and dried plum and blackcurrant ,
Chateau de Pez St Estephe Cru Bourgeois Half Bottle has a terrific texture and opulence, sweet supple tannins with copious quantities of rich red berries. On the latter palate, roasted coffee, blackcurrant, black cherries and soft spice. Full-bodied and pure, drinking well today, but will be capable of lasting 20-30 years.
Chateau Caroline Cru Bourgeois Moulis en Medoc has a rich elegant spicy nose, full of cinnamon & vanilla, very forward on the palate, soft & well balanced,