Bordeaux is the largest and most important wine growing region in Europe, if not the world. Its vineyards extend over 125,000 hectares and the average size of an estate is 17 hectares. Bordeaux has more appellations than any other European region with 60 different names. There are between 7,000 and 7,500 domains making 10,000 different wines. If all these figures are confusing, it is simpler to remember that Bordeaux is BIG: Big area, big wines, big business.
All wine that is not divided into smaller appellations (such as St. Emilion or Margaux) is sold as generic Bordeaux or Bordeaux Supérieur. This can include land owned by the famous chateaux such as Chateau Mouton Rothschild that is not within a higher appellation, styles of wine not allowed within a higher appellation (such as white wines made in the Médoc or St. Emilion) and vineyards of the Entre-deux-Mers.
Both red and white wines can be labeled with the Bordeaux appellation and primarily the wines bottled by Bordeaux negociants with a brand label use this. The grape varieties for both red and white Bordeaux are chiefly Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon for the reds and Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon for the whites. Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc are the most widely planted red and white grape variety respectively.
Bordeaux Supérieur wines are higher quality wines than AOC Bordeaux. They are aged for one year at least in oak barrels, have lower yields and higher potential alcohol levels. They are also produced at the estate level rather than by growers selling to the Bordeaux wine merchants (or negociants). Bordeaux Supérieur covers a vast area of Bordeaux that is not specific to one geographical origin. These wines often represent outstanding value for money and include several well-known names.
- 2014 Château MalbatBordeaux Supérieur0.75l Red€7.50 €6.20This is a fresh, fruity, easy drinking red Bordeaux at a very attractive price made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. It has a deep ruby colour, a warm nose with a slight vanilla bouquet and notes of ripe fruits, cinnamon and cassis. This wine offers a great balance between fruit and oak and can be enjoyed young with all sorts of meat and pasta dishes.
- 2016 Bordeaux SupérieurThienpont Selection Bordeaux Supérieur0.75l RedNew€9.00 €7.44We are delighted to announce the addition to the portfolio of Thienpont own label wines of a delicious Thienpont Bordeaux Supérieur 2016. Following the demise of the very popular “Z de Bordeaux”, we have been searching far and wide for a worthy, everyday drinking Bordeaux that we can call our own. We have found it at the historic Chateau le Grand Verdus overlooking the Garonne river in Entre-deux-Mers. Made from a blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc, this is a very bright, immediately accessible Bordeaux wine with a pure nose of red fruits, spices and a touch of liquorice. On the palate the wine is very smooth and round with good freshness and intensity. This wine will drink well for the next three to five years and is great when served with bistro cuisine such as chicken, grilled beef or stews in relaxed surroundings.
- 2016 Bordeaux SupérieurThienpont Selection Bordeaux Supérieur1.5l Red€18.60 €15.37We zijn verheugd om u onze nieuwste telg onder het Thienpont Label voor te stellen, een heerlijke Thienpont Bordeaux Supérieur 2016. Na de stopzetting van de zeer populaire "Z de