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The wines of Bordeaux have gained an enviable reputation ever since the Romans first planted vines in the area in the 1st. century A.D. Vintage claret, as the red wines of the region are often known in the UK, have been exported to Britain since the 12th. century following Eleanor of Aquitaine's marriage to the yet-to-be-crowned Henry 2nd. of England thus forging an alliance that was to last for more than 300 years. The trade links that were built between the two countries continue to be very important in the world of wine today.

Bordeaux is the largest fine wine producing region in the world. Despite being on the same latitude as the northern Rhône the climate is moderated by the cooling effect of the Atlantic winds and the rivers Garonne and Dordogne and their confluence in the Gironde estuary. A rich variety of soils, from clay-rich types north of the Gironde to the sand and gravel of the Médoc, formerly an area of marshland until Dutch engineers drained the area in the seventeenth century, contributes to a variety of wine styles in the region. Another factor in the range of red wines here is the different grape varieties used in a typical Bordeaux blend. Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are the most well-known of these but an important supporting role is played by Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Carmenère. The various micro-climates and the differing proportions used in the blends give rise to the range of subtle flavour nuances found in Bordeaux reds.

On the right bank St. Emilion and Pomerol produce the best red wines whereas the vineyards of the Haut-Médoc on the left bank can lay claim to many of the most revered names in the world: the general classification of 1855 cited Château Lafite Rothschild and Château Latour in the commune of Pauillac, Château Margaux in the commune of the same name and Château Haut Brion in Pessac, Graves, outside the Médoc itself, as first classed growths with Château Mouton Rothschild (Pauillac) having to wait until 1973 for the same accolade despite long having been widely considered as equal to the others. This list only included wines produced within a days ride by horse-drawn carriage from Bordeaux itself thereby explaining the absence of such great red wines as Châteaux Cheval Blanc and Ausone in St. Emilion and Petrus in Pomerol.

Although these wines command the very highest prices the other classed growths are also extremely elegant wines and highly sought after by wine connoisseurs and collectors. The lower ranked Cru Bourgeois wines can also deliver exceptional value and, today, Bordeaux Supérieur can provide a level of delicious and worthwhile drinking not attained before due largely to modern techniques and a fastidious level of attention to wine-making detail.

Approximately half of all wine production in the region is white although a smaller proportion than that of the red wines is truly world class. The area between the rivers Dordogne and Garonne is named Entre-Deux-Mers (literally "between two seas") and produces vast amounts of good dry white wine from Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Muscadelle and Ugni Blanc grape varieties. Many of the classed growths themselves produce very good quality dry white wine as well although in somewhat limited quantities compared with their red wine production.

Some sweet dessert wines are also produced from grapes affected by botrytis cinerea. Nowhere in Bordeaux produces this type of wine better than Sauternes in the southern Graves district where sweet wines made from infected, nobly-rotted Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle grapes are commonly regarded as the best dessert wines in the world with prices to match. Again the climate is the wine-maker's friend with the vineyards subject to cool, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons in the autumn which create the perfect conditions for noble rot. The most expensive of these wines is the Premier Cru Supérieur Château d'Yquem, a wine made in extremely small quantities and which, like all other top quality Sauternes dessert wines, is made exclusively from hand-picked grapes requiring many passes through the vines over a period weeks due to the need for the precise degree of shrivelling and concentration of the juice and grape sugars.

Video Bordeaux Wine Regions

  1. Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac, 2005

    Château Grand-Puy-Ducasse, Pauillac, 2005

    This wine is proof that top quality Pauillac doesn't have to cost the earth. Lovely blackcurrant fruit with a firm tannic structure.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  2. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 1996

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 1996, is a full bodied Bordeaux exuding sweet black fruits, with hints of tobacco, spice and oak, a degree of minerality and ripe tannins.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  3. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 2002

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 2002

    A more reined-in claret than many modern wines and one with an evolved palate and aromas.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  4. Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010

    Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, Pauillac, 2010

    One of the best wines of the vintage and certainly the best value for money in Pauillac that year.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  5. Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac 5eme Cru Classé, 2005

    Château Haut-Bages Libéral, Pauillac 5eme Cru Classé, 2005

    This wine should be decanted for an hour or so before drinking but is an absolute triumph. Will continue to develop for another 10 years.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  6. Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, 1986

    Château Mouton Rothschild, Pauillac, 1986

    Described by no less an authority than Robert Parker as being a perfect wine, an opinion shared by everyone who is fortunate enough to taste this marvellous Pauillac.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France

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  7. Château Clerc Milon, Baronne Phillippe de Rothschild, Pauillac, 1970

    Château Clerc Milon, Baronne Phillippe de Rothschild, Pauillac, 1970

    This wine was produced in 1970 making it very special indeed. Expect complex cedary and ripe black currant notes. The label on this bottle is slightly damaged and the level is just below the shoulder.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France


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  8. Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1963

    Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1963

    A fully mature magnum of this famous first class growth from Pauillac, Bordeaux.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France


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  9. Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1968

    Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1968

    This bottle of Château Lafite-Rothschild is from the 1968 vintage and is certainly one for the lover of very old classic Bordeaux.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France


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  10. Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1969

    Château Lafite-Rothschild, Pauillac, 1969

    As it nears the end of its fifth decade this wine still has much to offer the lover of extremely fine well-aged red Bordeaux.

    Colour Red Wine
    Grape Variety Bordeaux Blend Red
    Country France


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