Bordeaux is often viewed as being the pinnacle of the winemaking world. There is an abundance of winemaking history in the area and many of its centuries old viticultural traditions are still observed. The grapes most commonly used in the area are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Cot, or Malbec as we know it better nowadays, originated in Bordeaux but is no longer used regularly and is more readily associated with the vineyards of Argentina. The wines of Bordeaux are almost all blended and the skills used in doing this give each Chateau's wine its distinctive character.
Some of the World's most sought after wines come from Bordeaux and certain chateaux command such formidable reputations that their wines are avidly collected by those lucky enough to have cellars where they can let their wines gently slumber until they are mature. As we realise that most people do not have the luxury of a wine cellar at home, or the patience to wait for years while your wine matures, we have brought together a collection of superb ready-to-drink Bordeaux wines at incredible prices which are often the best in the land. This has been made possible by our policy of buying wine at the best available price then passing on the savings we make to our customers. Several of these wines are not available anywhere else in the UK (information gathered from Wine Searcher), therefore stock is strictly limited as once our stock has gone, we will not be able to buy them in again.
We have chosen to showcase wines that are all under £30 as we feel this is where the best value is to be had within Bordeaux. There is a selection of both Left Bank and Right Bank wines for you to choose from, so no matter whether you prefer the Cabernet Sauvignon based wines of the Left Bank or the Merlot dominant wines of the Right Bank, we have a wine that you will enjoy.
Chateau Camensac are one of the less well known classified growths. It is a fifth growth in Haut Medoc, just north east of St Julian and in the past Michel Rolland consulted there. They only have plantings of cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with the average vine age being 35 years old. They ferment in stainless steel vats then age the wine in a mixture of new and old oak barrels for 17-20 months. Medium bodied with a round mouth feel and gentle tannins. There are flavours of black fruit, earthy characteristics and slightly agricultural notes. A wine to enjoy now with roast meats.
This wine is a very deep red colour, almost black, but is bright and shiny. The aromas are of black cherries, blackcurrant and fresh plum. There is also a hint of pepper and old rose. The use of wood in this wine is well judged making the flavours prolonged. There is a fullness to the wine which is well balanced by tannins. The finish has a spicy yet plummy note. This wine will drink well between 2013 – 2025.
Chateau d’Angludet is a seriously elegant Margaux without the price tag. The chateau sits surrounded by Cru Classé neighbours but is itself classed a Cru Bourgeois, meaning that this, their first wine, comes in at around half the price of its neighbours, yet at a very comparable quality. A classic mix of Cabernet Sauvignon (the majority), Merlot and Petit Verdot, this ready-to-drink Left Bank specimen has all the subtle, unique and classic Margaux flavours and is quite brilliant with big meats and cheeses. Or lay it down: this one will continue to improve for easily another ten years.
The Merlot is very rich, with superb aromatic complexity and the Cabernet Sauvignon, a later ripening grape variety, benefitted fully from the long period of fine autumn weather to ripen and develop their full color at their own pace.
The intense ruby colour of this wine leads the taster to predict a rich and powerful substance. Very expressive on the nose, the wine shows lovely notes of blueberries, blackcurrant, violet, followed by mineral hints and notes of grilled bread. On the palate, as predicted by the appearance, the wine is powerful, with a great elegance. It is perfectly balanced, medium bodied with velvet tannins and a long length, leaving a sensation of accomplished pleasure after tasting.
A forward, peppery, black currant-scented perfume emerges from this deep ruby/purple-tinged 2003. With good ripeness, moderate tannin, soft acidity, and a precocious, forward style, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.
This wine has a beautiful purple red color. Its fragrance is complex, combining fruit notes with some aromatic freshness. His mouth, fleshy and velvety, giving way to a long and fruity finish.
An elegant purple tinted wine with a powerful nose of red and black fruits and subtle cedar and tobacco notes. On the palate it is spicy with lots of juicy fruit, good acidity and fine tannins.
A classical claret with a rounded, smooth garnet. Fully mature fruit with a deep, fragrant, chocolatey, leafy overtone. On the pallate, a soft, velvety texture with a lovely and soft; gentle, attractive finish.
Chateau Talbot, we trust, needs minimal introduction: a Bordeaux Quatrième Cru chateau (and a veritable institution) in Medoc’s St-Julien AOC. Their grand vin, or first wine, is a Bordeaux superstar: thing is, you’ll seldom find it at less than £50 a bottle … and then you need to cellar it for ten years. This, the Connetable, on the other hand, is the chateau’s second wine and this, the 2007, has been cellaring nicely; supple body, soft tannins: check. This is a big but complex wine, as you might expect from its heritage. It does all that you would expect of a big, Left Bank red – cedar, vanilla, tobacco boxes – yes, all of that – atop the cassis of the Cab Sauv and the plums of the Merlot.
Full of elegance and finesse, releases aromas of blueberry and mocha and notes of grilled wood and vanilla with marvellous amplitude, after one has experienced its velvety body.