Affordable Bordeaux

These two words are not mutually exclusive! Though hype surrounding big vintages and the high prices you see at auctions can make it seem like smithhautthat is the case. But with 57 appellations and over 9,000 wineries, there is a wide range of styles and prices in Bordeaux – something for everyone!

Bordeaux has been making wine for centuries – almost 200 of them! – and it is a region rich in history. Recently tasting some of these more affordable Bordeaux, one thing is clear – Bordeaux today is not just for your parents’ cellar. It’s a delightful and delicious wine perfect for dinners – particularly this season. This week we’ll be blogging all about Bordeaux. Today, some basic facts and tips on navigating the world of Bordeaux.

Grapes

The red grapes used in Bordeaux are: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot.
The white grapes are Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, what we call a white Bordeaux blend.

Appellations

bdxvinesWhen referring to the red wine of Bordeaux, the region is divided into two parts -  the left and right bank.

Left Bank: Médoc; Haut Médoc; St.-Estèphe; Pauillac; St.-Julien; Margaux; Graves; Pessac-Léognan (mainly white wines); Sauternes (sweet wines); Barsac (sweet wines)

Right Bank: St.-Emilion; Pomerol; Fronsac & Canon Fronsac; Cotes de Bourg & Blaye; Cotes de Castillon

 

Some attributes of each bank:

Left Bank: Cabernet Sauvignon-based blends; gravel soils; structured; higher tannins; mature more slowly
Taste profile: Cherry and currant, plus spice and cedar notes with firm texture

Right Bank: Merlot and Cabernet Franc-based blends; clay-based soils; wines mature earlier; softer tannins
Taste profile: Soft, fragrant plum and berry fruit flavors with supple texture

This little post here just touches the surface of Bordeaux. If you want to delve into the history and appellations of this complex region, I cannot more highly recommend www.bordeaux.com. This site is easy to read and has just about EVERYTHING you want to know about Bordeaux.

Meanwhile, shop our expanded selection of affordable Bordeaux and get 1 cent shipping on these wines all week!

Stay tuned tomorrow when I highlight the the regions from where values are emerging.