Bordeaux

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.  

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    Château La Roque de By
    Médoc
    Cru Bourgeois 0.375l Red
    €6.00 €4.96
    An attractive Cru Bourgeois made in the north of the Médoc by the talented grandsons of Marc Pages. Bright dark violet colour, fresh, sweet and fruity on the nose with good blackcurrant flavour, firmly structured palate and a fresh, lively finish. Great value.
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    Château de Carles
    Fronsac
    0.375l Red
    €7.19 €5.94
    A lovely wine from Fronsac with good ambitions: Medium red colour; pleasant, fresh red fruit on the nose; attractive taste of spice, sweet, vanilla, liquorice, and ripe, plummy fruit. An attractive, round and generous wine with a good sweet long finish.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.43 €6.14
    Purchased by Georges Thienpont in 1946 and home to his family of 13 children, Puygueraud is a testament to the Thienpont family who put the Côtes de Francs on the Bordeaux wine map. This is a really charming vintage with a dark crimson colour, fresh and spicy nose with wild herb aromas, blueberries and blackcurrants; lovely spice and freshness, on the palate with great persistence. Delicious with lots of life and verve. Super.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.45 €6.16
    Zeer aantrekkelijke, donkere, violette kleur; zeer geparfumeerd en kruidig in de neus, opulent en rond met genereuze smaken van herfstfruit op het gehemelte - mengeling van braambessen en boysenbessen - en een toets wild gras, kruidig in de finale.
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.45 €6.16
    Very pretty vivid purple colour; appealling nose with crunchy red fruits; smooth on the palate showing good intensity of fruit, acidity and a touch of wild herbs, spicy and nicely oaked on the finish. Very pleasing. A great achievement.
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    Château de Carles
    Fronsac
    0.375l Red
    €7.54 €6.23
    Een wijn met een uitstekende verhouding prijs/kwaliteit in deze jaargang. Wij verkiezen deze de Carles 2015 boven de Haut-Carles, die rijker is en meer extractie heeft. Het is een fraaie wijn met aroma's van wild, herfstfruit, een mooie zuiverheid en fraîcheur - typisch voor organische wijnen - veel kruidigheid en levendigheid. De wijn is reeds heerlijk om nu te drinken en zal zeker nog 10 jaar kunnen bewaard worden.
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    Château La Prade
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.54 €6.23
    Eén van onze favoriete wijnen gemaakt door onze neef Nicolas Thienpont in de Côtes de Francs. Deze wijn is een blend van 85% Merlot en 15% Cabernet Franc geteeld op een kalkstenen bodem. Het karakter van de ondergrond vertaalt zich dan ook zeer duidelijk in de wijn. Hij heeft een diepe kleur met een schitterende granaatrode rand; de neus is zeer open en geparfumeerd met wilde bessen en braambessen; hij is zacht, fris en fraai op het gehemelte. Een zeer aangename wijn, mooi in balans en puur.
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    Tête Noire
    Vinaigre de Bordeaux
    0.75l Red
    €6.72 €6.34
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    Château Puygueraud
    Francs, Côtes de Bordeaux
    0.375l Red
    €7.71 €6.37
    This Thienpont family wine, made by Nicolas Thienpont is a blend of 75% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec. It is intense and structured in the nose with spicy aromas of nutmeg and cloves. There are lovely black fruit flavours on the palate with good intensity and a good tannic structure leading to a rich finish.
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