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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  1. Deze fles is 0.75l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    0.75l Red
    €17.30 €14.30
    Bright garnet colour, expressive nose with notes of wild berries, spice and minerality. A nice structure with present yet supple tannins and a lovely fresh finish.
  2. Deze fles is 0.75l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    0.75l Red
    €19.51 €16.12
    A fabulous success for this very consistent cru bourgeois owned by Belgian, Baron Velge who has lavished such care and attention on this estate. Everything that I look for in a wine of this class – fresh fruity flavours in the nose and palate, sweet red fruit ripeness, soft but present tannins, good use of oak, a juicy, fresh and long finish. This deserves a place in everyone’s cellar for medium term drinking.
  3. Deze fles is 0.75l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    0.75l Red
    €20.59 €17.02
    Ripe forward flavours make this wine from Baron Velge, very attractive this year. Round and fresh on the palate with notes of autumn fruit, oak and tobacco leaves. Good tannic concentration on the finish.
  4. Deze fles is 0.75l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    0.75l Red
    €21.01 €17.36
    Le Clauzet de Maurice Velge a grandi en stature et en complexité d'année en année et ce millésime est sans doute le vin le plus fin qu'il ait jamais fait. Ce vin est très attractif avec beaucoup de notes de fruits rouges et noirs. Il est doux et chaleureux dès l'attaque, bien balancé, avec des tannins suaves et du chêne bien intégré. Il ne s'agit pas d'un des grands vins, mais d'un vin avec d'énormes atouts et d'un superbe charme.
  5. Deze fles is 1.5l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    1.5l Red
    €36.60 €30.25
    Bright garnet colour, expressive nose with notes of wild berries, spice and minerality. A nice structure with present yet supple tannins and a lovely fresh finish.
  6. Deze fles is 1.5l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    1.5l Red
    €41.07 €33.94
    A fabulous success for this very consistent cru bourgeois owned by Belgian, Baron Velge who has lavished such care and attention on this estate. Everything that I look for in a wine of this class – fresh fruity flavours in the nose and palate, sweet red fruit ripeness, soft but present tannins, good use of oak, a juicy, fresh and long finish. This deserves a place in everyone’s cellar for medium term drinking.
  7. Deze fles is 1.5l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    1.5l Red
    €41.50 €34.30
    Ripe forward flavours make this wine from Baron Velge, very attractive this year. Round and fresh on the palate with notes of autumn fruit, oak and tobacco leaves. Good tannic concentration on the finish.
  8. Deze fles is 1.5l
    Château Clauzet
    Saint-Estèphe
    1.5l Red
    €44.07 €36.42
    Le Clauzet de Maurice Velge a grandi en stature et en complexité d'année en année et ce millésime est sans doute le vin le plus fin qu'il ait jamais fait. Ce vin est très attractif avec beaucoup de notes de fruits rouges et noirs. Il est doux et chaleureux dès l'attaque, bien balancé, avec des tannins suaves et du chêne bien intégré. Il ne s'agit pas d'un des grands vins, mais d'un vin avec d'énormes atouts et d'un superbe charme.
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