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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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Chateau Larrivaux, Haut Medoc, Cru Bourgeois, 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.
Pavillon du Glana 2eme Vin de Chateau du Glana Saint Julien is the 2eme Vin de Chateau du Glana, this second wine from Chateau du Glana has classic flavours of Bordeaux cedar, spice box and blackcurrant fruit, smooth and elegant finish,
Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc is a classic Southern Bourdeaux wine, black cherry fruit, currant and tobacco hints, aged 15 months in oak. medium-bodied red, with firm ripe tannins to support the juicy texture. Shows good focus and a clean, ripe finish. 9833 cases made,
Cloitre des Capucins Grand Cru Saint Emilion has lovely rich flavours of merlot with subtle aging in oak barrels and a soft finish,
Chateau Coutelin Merville Cru Bourgeois, St Estephe has a rich, powerful, spicy nose -mocha. Sumptuous, very concentrated, massive, burly but impressive with huge ripe tannins and good length,
Chateau Haut-Beausejour St Estephe Cru Bourgeois 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.
S de Siran, Margaux,is the second wine of Château Siran, from the Margaux appellation. It comes from the vineyard’s young vines and from a selection of the first wine that varies according to the vintage. Thanks to the large proportion of Merlot, the 2013 is a wine to drink in its youth. It shows both charm and complexity,
Chateau Fonbadet, Cru Bourgeois Superieur, Pauillac is a hugely fruity wine, very rich, concentrated and dense. It has great power and richness, the berry fruits racing with ripeness,
Chateau Palais Cardinal Saint Emilion Grand Cru has an intense colour with spicy notes, aromatic finesse and tannins with good aging potential. The grapes are harvested by hand and the wine is aged for 12 months in Fench oak barrels,
Chateau Haut de la Becade, Pauillac,classic Pauillac aromas of lovely cassis and gravelly stone. Dark violet in color expressing a youthful hue. The medium acidity reflects its ability to continue to age with a backbone. This medium to full-bodied wine shows good clay and mineral-granite character along the length of the palate; while being encased in red currant and violet essence.
Chateau de Pez St Estephe Cru Bourgeois 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 de Myrat, 2eme Cru Classe Sauternes has a very lifted nose with great definition and notes of honey, white peach, mango and dried apricots. The palate is very intense with superb acidity and vibrancy, good levels of botrytis with a clean, fresh, vibrant honeyed finish. Very good weight and persistency - this is a superb 2007 and a great success for Myrat,