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The wines of Bordeaux form the cornerstone of the Fine Wine market, and with just cause as they have the history and proven excellence that distinguishes themselves from all other wines and regions. Some of the key appelations and terms are discussed below, as well as links to our wines.
This refers to the area to the South of the Gironde river, and South of the Garonne River where it joins the Gironde. The soils here are gravel based and are more suited to Cabernet Sauvignon vines, which therefore always form the backbone of the wines from here. This is home to all five of the First Growths in the 1855 classification.
The wines from St Estephe are renowned for their ageing capabilities, and are often more austere and tannic in their youth than their counterparts from other communes. The soil here is heavier than elsewhere and is often given as the reason for this style. When mature, these wines are quite simply superb.
Arguably the most famous Left Bank commune, with three of the five first growths within its boundaries. The wines from here have made Bordeaux famous with their beautiful balance between fruit and tannins, and their long ageing capabilities. Home to the famous Rothschild properties and Chateau Latour.
The wines from St Julien are very similar to those from Pauillac, although generally better priced as their reputation is not as high. It is home to the most second growths of any of the left bank communes, and second only to Pauillac in the total number of classed growths.
The wines from Margaux are renowned for their bouquets and are generally considered to be the lightest in the Medoc. As a result they usually mature sooner than the wines from other communes. This is the home of the famous First Growth, Chateau Margaux.
This refers to the wines from the North side of both the Gironde, and the Dordogne where it joins the Gironde. The soils here have a much higher clay content than the Left Bank and this is more suited to Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines, resulting in the famous wines of Pomerol and St Emilion.
Wines here are amongst the most immediately pleasing and drinkable from Bordeaux, however they are also known to age very well. A relatively new commune, which used to be part of St Emilion, and one of the smallest of the major communes, this is home to the famous Chateau Petrus.
One of the biggest wine producers in Bordeaux, and one of the prettiest towns that adorns many tourism maps. The wines from here tend to be softer and more succulent than the left bank wines, the result of the higher proportions of merlot planted in the clay rich soils. Home to the famous Chateau Cheval-Blanc.
Whilst the red wines take much of the plaudits, Bordeaux is also renowned for it's sweet wine production from the communes of Barsac and Sauternes. In fact one of the most famous of all Bordeaux wines comes from here, Chateau d'Yquem. The two grape varities that are important here are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, which when affected by the famous noble rot, produce the rich unctuous dessert wines that have made this region famous.