Bordeaux - the very name is synonymous with all that is great, and grand about wine. Some would call it the epicentre of fine wine, its top wines envied, collected, traded and discussed at great length in every corner of the globe. Situated to the North, South and East of the city of Bordeaux, itself sat astride the mighty and languorous Garonne River a few miles from where it meets the Dordogne and becomes the even more impressive and wide Gironde.
Bordeaux is large - and we mean HUGE in wine terms, its 275,000 acres of vines planted in over 30 separate appellations. The range of styles is as impressive as the number of large and decorative Chateaux that lie scattered throughout the region. crisp dry to richly sweet whites, sparkling whites and rose; red wines are the mainstay of the region, tasting from light and fresh to richly brooding and full bodied, a scattering of crisp rose even the odd Cremant.
The famous Medoc communes of Pauillac, Margaux, St Julien and St Estephe on the left bank claim the majority of column inches and avid wine fans due to their almost cult-like following and quality, whilst in the right bank appellations of St Emilion and Pomerol the estates and their production are smaller & the Chateau slightly more muted but the wines are equally judged as some of the finest in the World. Likewise to the south of Bordeaux the sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac are amongst the best and most expensive in the World, and rightly so. Outside of these famed communes are large swathes of smaller communes and appellations scattered all over the region, some fragmented and separate, others rubbing cheek by jowl with neighbours but all fighting to make great wine that ( almost, but never quite ) emulates the more famous ( and expensive ) Communes.
Quality lies everywhere, and bargains are to be had, but they take a lot of searching for. That is our job!