Bordeaux is home to some of the world's finest wines, and is known for classic reds (historically called claret), elegant whites and sublime sweet wines. The region is divided by the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which meet to form the Gironde estuary. On the 'left bank', the Médoc has savoury, perfumed reds mainly from Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Across the river, the undulating countryside is home to Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.
The soil is a mixture of clay, gravel and sand, and the area typically has hotter summers than the Médoc, making it ideal for Merlot. These 'right-bank' wines tend to mature faster, and their soft texture is more approachable than the firmer, more structured left-bank reds.
The white wines can be sublime; weighty, yet with refreshing elegance. Zesty Sauvignon Blanc is often given weight by Sémillon. Dry whites have long been the region's best-kept secret, but with recent excellent vintages, it is now their time to shine.
Rich and bold, the wine is dark maroon. It’s not shy, with big blackcurrant fruit. There is an energy on the mid-palate, real vitality. It finishes with silky fruit and grippy tannins.
Beautiful bright and intense purple color with purple hues. The nose expresses candied, cherry and ripe fruit with grilled and elegant woody notes. The palate, supple and round on the attack, reveals a pretty fruity flesh with good tannins, round and
Deep in colour, truffle, tobacco, herbs, cigar box and dark red fruits are already in play. The wine is full-bodied, deep, concentrated with a non-stop wave of black fruit that adds another dimension. Clearly this is polished, powerful, elegant and f
Medium to dark ruby in colour. Ripe fruit and plenty of oak on the nose. Similar on the palate, ripe red and dark fruit and plenty of oak, with good acidity, firm tannin and good to very good length."
Ultra ripe fruit (BlackBerry and prune), eucalyptus, mint, leather... layered and aristocratic.
Tight and classic aromas with darker redberry fruit, heavy flower bed, dark stone, light stable, leather and wood. Pretty full-bodied wine that offers itself with more freshness that the aroma image should indicate. Powerful with great redberry fruit
Deep garnet red in colour, Château Lynch-Bages 2016 has the characteristics of a remarkably mature vintage. The nose is very expressive with notes of dark fruit (blackcurrant, morello cherry, etc.) mixed with fresh touches of mint. The attack is smo
A big black-cherry and bitter-chocolate nose leads into a rich, concentrated palate, where the fruit easily holds sway over the powerful, dry tannins.
A racy wine, with complex marks of Havana tobacco and licorice, classically delicious without ever the slightest hint of austerity.
Exudes extraordinary notes of minerals, forest floor, sweet black currants and black cherry jam along with floral notes and graphite. Very full-bodied, with silky tannins and a fabulous opulence and palate presence.
Beaumont produces medium to full bodied, dry, well-balanced clarets, with firm but supple tannins, and wonderful cassis-scented, sweet, black fruit. Quintessential gentlemen's claret.
Deep garnet, dark purple tints. Delightful nose of black fruits, caramel, spice and toast notes. Velvety attack leading into a supple, full, powerful palate with expressive aromas and upfront tannins. Spice-driven finish.
The wine from Haut Caillou has a deep colour with flashes of crimson. The rich, clean nose combines the aromas of small red fruits and subtle oaky notes. Full-bodied on the palate with fine tannins and a marked texture.
Purple brown colour. Ripe dark fruit with tobacco and some ground coffee.
Forward, fresh, earthy, dark cherry-filled wine with additional nuances of smoke, coffee and tobacco leaf on the nose and palate. Just a year or two will bring on more secondary character here.
A very balanced wine with a beautiful intense ruby colour and purple highlights. A complex and elegant nose with notes of red fruit and wood. In the mouth, the attack is concentrated and fruity with soft and melted tannins.
Aromas of sweet tobacco, plums and cherries follow through to a medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and bright finish. Juicy and flavourful.