We decided to offer a selection of wines from Bordeaux that would not require you to consult your financial advisor before purchasing. Unlike other merchants who champion “Investments” “Futures” “Tax benefits” and “Portfolios” all based around scores given out by a handful of critics, we thought we would get a few wines that you might just want to drink. Bordeaux remains one of the world’s greatest wine regions and there is still plenty of excellent wine to be had under £40. We will offer you one bit of investment advice for free – never take financial advice from a wine merchant!
Château Beauregard Ducasse is situated in the south of the Graves AOP. Reaching elevations of up to 112m, it is one of the highest vineyards in the appellation. The land has been owned by the same family since 1850, but it was a farm until the current owner-winemaker Jacques Perromat took over and decided to convert it into a vineyard. Hand-picked grapes from the oldest vines are used and fermentation takes place in 100% new oak, using a variety of different cooperages, which are mostly French but with a couple of barrels from California (Mendocino), all medium toast. The wine is left on lees for a month.The result is a tangy, limey blend of equal parts Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. It has lovely weight and fantastic mineral notes.
Chateau La Verriere Sauvignon Blanc 2019 - £11.99
The Bessette family has been making wine for four generations. The talented owner-winemaker Alain Bessette is named among the 'Talents de Bordeaux Supérieur' every year, a shortlist of top winemakers in the AOP and his wines consistenly win prizes and accolades. The key to Alain Bessette's white grapes is keeping them healthy. He harvests them later than most other winemakers, and this in turn gives a different expression to the Sauvignon Blanc. Grapes are sorted by hand, vinification is carried out in stainless steel and ageing is partially done in oak. The nose shows exotic fruit and white peaches. The palate is quite full bodied for a white and has a gentle acidity. The aromatic aromas on the finish linger beautifully. This wine makes an excellent accompaniment to Scottish seafood.
Lions de Suduiraut Sauternes 2015 HALF BOTTLE - £14.99 x 2
Arguably one of the greatest producers of the sweet, amber nectar know as Sauternes, Chateau Suduiraut created the Lions de Suduiraut as a younger, fresher and lighter version of it's top wine. The vineyards border those of d’Yquem’s and are planted with predominately Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The Lions de Suduiraut is an ideal introduction to the style and is blended to be velvety, fresh and ready for immediate consumption. Think ripe apricot, marmalade, zesty peel and hints of vanilla and honey. Luscious!
Owner and winemaker Alain Bessette is the fourth generation of his family to make wine at Chateau Rival Bellevue. He’s a talented man and his name is always on the short list for the ‘Talents de Bordeaux Superieur’ every year. The wine is a Merlot dominated blend with 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It is soft, ripe, well-structured and dominated by luscious wild berry fruit along with the perfect balance of toasty flavours, liquorice and spicy oak. It’s a delicious glass of wine at a modest price.The magnums work perfectly for Sunday lunch!
Chateau La Verriere Bordeaux Superieur 2018 - £12.49
If you like Chateau Rival Bellevue, you will love this. Chateau La Verriere red has excellent structure with aromas of red cherry, blackberry, juicy raspberry and toasty notes from the barrel ageing. Tannins are silky and a long with an impressive finish. It makes an excellent accompaniment to beef, lamb, game and hard cheeses.
Chateau de Gravieres, Graves 2016 - £14.99
This is where the real value lies in Bordeaux, according to Will. The Graves region named after its gravelly soil produces wines with great freshness and rich fruit flavours. Chateau des Gravieres is a charming wine made by brothers Thierry and Denis Labuzan. The vines are on average 25 years old, the soil is full of pebbles, and the wine is 50% aged in barriques. It is a lovely drop with soft red fruits and gentle vanilla aromas from the oak.
Chateau Bellerive, Medoc 2014 - £14.99
Four generations of the Perrin family own and run this estate. Château Bellerive consists of 14 hectares in the north of the Médoc, opposite the Gironde estuary. The vines are planted on three plateaux made up of clay and gravel.The grapes are picked by hand, thereby facilitating the selection of ripe bunches. Vinification is in concrete, which has the advantage of protecting the must from thermal shock during fermentation. Ageing is carried out in oak, which enhances the ageing potential of the wine.The mix of grapes here makes for a complex wine. The Merlot brings red fruit and supple tannins, the Cabernets bring intense colour and the Petit Verdot adds a touch of spice, which is enhanced by the barrel ageing.
Chateau Grand Moulin Macquin 2016 Montagne Saint Emilion - £14.99
Chateau Grand Moulin Macquin is a superb value wine from the Montagne Saint Emilion in Bordeaux's right bank. It is a lucious blend of 55% Merlot and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon. It's a modern style with silky tannins and ripe cassis fruit along with appealing mocha and coffee notes.
La Legende de Fonreaud, Haut-Medoc 2015 - £14.99
The beautifully elegant Chateau Fonreaud is a Cru Bourgeois Chateau based in Listrac. This is the 2nd wine that is classed as Haut-Medoc, and is made from a blend of 52% Merlot, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot. It is a lovely forward wine with ripe cassis, spicy notes and soft, juicy tannins.
Chateau Moulin Haut Laroque, Fronsac 2008 - £30.00
Chateau Moulin Haut-Laroque is a small family run estate who have a passion for making excellent Bordeaux. The vineyards are spread over 16 hectares in Fronsac with 65% Merlot, 20% Cabernet France, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Malbec- which happens to be at least 100 years old! The vines are on average 40 years old which gives real concentration of fruit.
Chateau Beau Site 2003, St Estephe - £25.00
Château Beau-Site is amongst the very best Cru Bourgeois Chateaux and is one of a number of properties in Bordeaux that have been producing attractive wines at equally attractive prices for many years. The blend is dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon and from the fine 2005 vintage. It is a medium-bodied effort with ripe cassis, cedar and tobacco notes.
Les Hauts de Lynch Moussas 2014, Haut Medoc £24.99
This is the 2nd wine of Chateau Lynch Moussas which is based in Pauillac in Bordeaux. It's a real stonker! Packed with flavour and elegant, complex oak and fruit notes. It's delicious now and a bit of a bargain!